Our science topic for this term is called Material World. In this topic we have been learning about:
- the properties of materials and how they relate to use
- how to test the properties of materials fairly and how to use this knowledge to choose materials wisely.
- Which materials have desirable properties but have less impact on the environment.
We began by discussing what we thought these three scientific words meant
Object: a thing that can be seen and touched
Material: the substance of which an object is made out of.
Properties: the characteristics or feature of the material. Describing the material and what it can do.
We then looked at different pieces of clothing and discussed what the object was, what material it was made out of and the properties of the material. For example:
keeps the heat in (warm)
Next we worked in small groups and we were given a different type of glove to study. Our task was to draw the glove in our books and include the following:
- What might this glove be used for?
- What material/materials do you think the glove is made of?
- What properties does this material have?
- Why do you think it is made of that material?
During this activity we discovered some different materials such as suede and leather that some of us had never seen or heard of before. It also made us really think about the uses for the glove and to provide reasons why certain types of materials were chosen to make each type of glove.
Mrs Baldwin has set a homework task for the week called ‘bags at home.’ This will be very interesting to see all the different types of bags that we can find and compare the different uses, materials and their properties that each bag has.
Check out this video that summarizes what we have been learning about plus some extra information about how we can change properties of materials!