FunKids radio, in collaboration with the RSC, has produced a set of short chemistry snippets introducing children to chemistry- the what, why and how.
- Audio | Other, Size 3.82 mb
If you teach primary science, see the headings below to find out how to use this resource:
Children will develop their working scientifically skills by:
- Asking their own questions about scientific phenomena.
- Using appropriate scientific language and ideas to explain, evaluate, and communicate their methods and findings.
- Selecting and planning the most appropriate ways to answer science questions, including:
- Finding things out using a wide range of secondary sources of information.
- Carrying out comparative and fair tests.
- Compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties.
- Identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials
Children will learn:
- What is meant by the term absorbency.
- That materials can be grouped according to their absorbing properties.
- That ‘smart’ materials are designed to change in specific, helpful ways.
Suggested activity use
This activity can be used to stimulate discussion about the properties of everyday materials and their uses. This particular discussion could be around the property of absorbency. Children could group together materials based on whether they are absorbent or not.
This activity could also provide an opportunity for children to carry out an investigation into which materials would make the best nappies.
It will be necessary to provide a range of absorbent and non-absorbent materials for children to test and sort, including nappies.