All Key stage 2: topic C4b 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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    Should beans be cooked with the lid on or off?

    An investigation into whether having the lid on or off affects the colour of green vegetables.

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    Use of salt in cooking, part 1

    In this activity students devise and carry out experiments to test possible reasons for adding salt when cooking vegetables.

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    The life of water

    2018-04-26T08:55:00Z

    Get hands on with H2O, changing states of matter and the water cycle. These experiments and investigations involve water in the context of space

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    Primary science demonstrations: solids

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

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    Primary science demonstrations: gases

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

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    Primary science demonstrations: liquids

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

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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: chromatography, how black is a black pen?

    2016-12-14T11:23:00Z

    Inside many black pens is a rainbow of colour trying to get out. Black ink is often made from a blend of other colours. In this activity you can try out paper chromatography to separate this mixture of inks.

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    Modelling metamorphic rocks

    These activities demonstrate aspects of metamorphism.

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    Water for survival

    Cover topics like filtration, distillation and temperature as your pupils purify water from a muddy pond to survive.

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    Desert survival

    In Search of Solutions: challenge students to extract drinking water from damp sand, a real desert survival scenario! Linking to topics on evaporation and condensation.

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    Water and hydrogels

    Challenge your students to answer the question: are we wasting water?

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    The water cycle: That’s Chemistry!

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    The ‘water cycle’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn how different liquids evaporate at different rates, and the factors that affect these rates.

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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: That’s Chemistry!

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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 about solids, liquids and gases, and understand that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled.

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    Outreach: crime scene chromatography

    2016-12-12T13:29:00Z

    The best pens for this activity are (1) A black felt tip pen (2) A black permanent pen (3) A Non-permanent black pen. These look the same on paper but have different chromatography results.

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    Heating and cooling materials: That’s Chemistry!

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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.