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Curriculum content descriptions

Everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways (ACSSU018)

Elaborations
  • predicting and comparing how the shapes of objects made from different materials can be physically changed through actions such as bending, stretching and twisting
  • exploring how materials such as water, chocolate or play dough change when warmed or cooled
ScOT terms

Materials,  Properties of matter,  Deformation (Mechanics)

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: Spot the difference

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, how heating and cooling change a substance's properties and whether the change is reversible. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for six structured lessons ...

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Sam the Lamb: properties of wool

This short video, narrated by ‘Sam the Lamb’ and a group of young wool enthusiasts, explores the properties of one of nature’s most versatile fibres. Viewers will discover how wool can stretch and return to its natural shape when worn; why wool is safe to wear around campfires and in the sun, and how wool can manages moisture ...

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Sam the Lamb: Does wool burn?

This short entertaining video, narrated by ‘Sam the Lamb’ and 'Professors' Madeleine and Daisy test which fabrics burn easily and which fabrics are the most flame resistant. Sam and his science team test the flammability of a range of synthetic and natural fabrics including polyester, polar fleece, cotton and wool.

Teacher resource

From Paddock to Plate

Discover where our food comes from and how it gets to our table. Explore farming practices and the processes involved in producing familiar food products. Use video clips to investigate the biological needs of food crops and farm animals. Explore the diversity of foods that may be produced from a range of agricultural produce.

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Making bread from flour

Have you ever wondered how your sandwich bread is made? This clip shows the story of bread, beginning with flour being loaded into a truck. Watch big machines mix the dough. See your bread being baked, then packed ready for the shop.

Teacher resource

Learn About Wool: Foundation Year - Year 2 resources

This website provides resources that allow students to explore how sheep are managed sustainably to produce wool, understand how wool producers use science to ensure their flocks are healthy, compare the lifecycle, needs and survival features of sheep with their own, and investigate the unique properties of wool that make ...

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How do you make bread?

Have you ever made bread? This clip shows a girl learning to make bread at home with her mother. You will also see how different types of bread are made.

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From the dairy to the shop

Have you ever wondered about the steps involved in getting milk from a cow to you? This clip tells the story of milk, from the dairy farm to the supermarket. Discover where cream comes from and how milk is made safe to drink.

Teacher resource

Plasticine investigators: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

This online resource introduces concepts of physical change. Students investigate the physical changes made to plasticine when it is manipulated in different ways, including the softening of the material by warming.

Text

George the farmer: pulse party activity book

This downloadable PDF is student activity book exploring pulses and legumes for the UN International Year of the Pulse. It includes an introduction to pulses and seven activities with a focus on science and design technologies. Activities including making mixtures, creating calendars, measuring, inventing and drawing. The ...

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Picking and processing fresh apples

Discover the story of apples, from picking and pressing to processing in a factory. Learn how juice, cider and vinegar are made from apples. See how many other things are made from apples.

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How does rice get to the supermarket?

Do you like brown rice or white rice? Do you know why they look different? This clip shows how rice grains from the farm are cleaned, milled and packed into bags. Discover how many different foods can be made from rice.

Interactive resource

News story [includes spoken instructions]

Explore where newspapers come from and go to. Follow the production cycle of a newspaper: forest plantation, paper mill, printing press, newsagents, readers, waste paper and recycling. Look at how planting trees and recycling paper help the environment.

Interactive resource

Experience the weather [includes spoken instructions]

Explore weather variations in four different environments: desert, mountains, rainforest and polar regions. Dress a character in clothing suited to the weather conditions: sunny, windy, rainy or snowing.

Interactive resource

Explore the weather [includes spoken instructions]

Choose clothing suited to the weather conditions: sunny, windy, rainy and snowing. Describe today's weather.

Interactive resource

News story [no spoken instructions]

Explore where newspapers come from and go to. Follow the production cycle of a newspaper: forest plantation, paper mill, printing press, newsagents, readers, waste paper and recycling. Look at how planting trees and recycling paper help the environment.

Teacher resource

The water cycle - unit of work

This unit of work is designed to help younger students know and understand the importance of the water cycle and that water is a precious resource.

Interactive resource

Volcanoes [includes spoken instructions]

Look at photos of active volcanoes. Direct a robot as it is lowered inside a volcano. Measure temperature changes and look at rock structures. Collect rock samples from the crater, vent, column and magma chamber. Match the samples with their original locations.

Interactive resource

Explore the weather [no spoken instructions]

Choose clothing suited to the weather conditions: sunny, windy, rainy and snowing. Describe today's weather.

Interactive resource

Experience the weather [no spoken instructions]

Explore weather variations in four different environments: desert, mountains, rainforest and polar. Dress a character in clothing suited to the weather conditions: sunny, windy, rainy or snowing.

Teacher resource

Little science

This is a collection of digital resources including image galleries, short videos, animations and an interactive designed for early-primary science. A teacher guide provides suggested classroom activities and questions framed around the Australian Curriculum. Teacher support videos include an early-primary teacher reflecting ...

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Sam the Lamb: what is wool?

This short video, narrated by Sam the Lamb and a group of young woolgrowers, explores where wool comes from, how it grows and how it protects sheep in all kinds of weather. Viewers will discover what wool looks it, how it feels and how woolgrowers harvest their sheep’s woolly fleece each year…and how it grows back again.