Year 6 Science - Material Properties

Year 6 students have been examining the properties of different materials, and how that makes them fit for purpose. Several times, the class was asked to consider why underpants made from concrete would not be appropriate! Then they came up with other ridiculous scenarios such as paper skyscrapers, toilets made from toilet paper, and so on! After testing the insulation value of different materials, students considered how to reinforce simple materials such as straws and paper to construct bridges to certain specifications.

Communicating design ideas as they planned in groups, gave opportunity to students to express themselves and trial various bridge styles.  Students discovered the keys to success including a strong wide base, use of triangles and doubling materials for extra reinforcing. 

Deb Singleton
Science Teacher


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