Y5 Absorbent Materials

Pupils learn about permeable (absorbent) and impermeable materials. They learn that some materials are more absorbent than others and that certain materials are chosen to do certain jobs depending on their permeable and/or impermeable material properties.

Learning Objectives:

  • PoS - compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets
  • NaG - pupils should build a more systematic understanding of materials by exploring and comparing the properties of a broad range of materials
  • WS - pupils might work scientifically by: carrying out tests to answer questions, for example, ‘Which materials would be the most effective for making a warm jacket, for wrapping ice cream to stop it melting, or for making blackout curtains?’

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