All Key stage 2: topic C4a articles

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    Science Concept Cartoons: Condensation

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    Show this Concept Cartoon to your class to get them talking and thinking about condensation in new ways.

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    Enzymes and jellies

    If you add certain fresh fruit such as pineapple to jelly, it will not set. The task in this resource is to investigate why.

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    The life of water

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    Get hands on with H 2 O, changing states of matter and the water cycle. These experiments and investigations involve water in the context of space. Video: Water in space and the Earth Video: Solids, liquids and gases of water ...

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    A Cartesian diver

    Use this famous experiment to illustrate the changes in density of gases and liquids when compressed

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    Separating mixtures

    Fun demonstrations of different mixtures, including racing liquids and rainbow colours

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    Solids

    Display some exciting solid properties to primary students: including biscuit bashing, dissolving and heavy sugar

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    Gases

    Showing the properties of gases to primary students, with examples from: the leaky bottle and the sticky cups

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    Liquids

    Demonstrate the properties of liquids to primary students, including: suspended ice, heavy sugar and the particle disco

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    Changing materials

    Material changes are demonstrated using fun examples: bouncy custard, bath bombs, burning candles, fire extinguishers, lava lamps and many more

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    Water sports and solutions

    Life is in aqueous solution - and so is much of sport. Find out why the properties of water are vital to the sports men and women who compete in, on, and around water.

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    Outreach: bath bombs

    Aim: to demonstrate a chemical reaction that produces a gas when reactants are in the correct state.

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    Materials cards

    Spark awareness of the properties and purposes of materials, while teaching terms like ‘permeable’, ‘transparent’ and ‘magnetic’.

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    Kareena’s chemistry – introduction

    FunKids radio, in collaboration with the RSC, has produced a set of short chemistry snippets introducing children to chemistry- the what, why and how.

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    The Mpemba effect

    Help discover why warm water freezes quicker than cold water. The Royal Society of Chemistry offered £1000 for the best and most creative explanation of this phenomenon, known as the Mpemba effect. View the winning entry, try the experiment for yourself, or read the original paper.

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    The nature of science: Concept Cartoons

    The nature of science resources try to give students an awareness of science as a changing body of knowledge. This resource uses concept cartoons to help students engage with difficult scientific concepts.

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    Solids, Liquids and Gases

    Cartoon animations that explain in simple terms why different materials have different properties and how they change on heating and cooling. Other animations cover separating solids from liquids and show what happens to a solid when it dissolves in a liquid. Courtesy of the ABPI.

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    Solids, liquids and gases

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    The ‘solids, liquids and gases’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn that materials can be classified as solid, liquid or gas, and to recognise the difference.

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    Heating and cooling materials

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    The ‘heating and cooling materials’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn how the properties of some materials change when they are heated, and that some of these changes are irreversible.

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    Cracking Chemistry!

    Work your way through these fun chemistry practicals developed by National Science & Engineering Week.

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    Chemistry in your shopping basket

    Demonstrating that chemistry really is everywhere.