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Science / Year 3 / Science Understanding / Physical sciences

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Curriculum content descriptions

Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another (ACSSU049)

Elaborations
  • describing how heat can be produced such as through friction or motion, electricity or chemically (burning)
  • identifying changes that occur in everyday situations due to heating and cooling
  • exploring how heat can be transferred through conduction
  • recognising that we can feel heat and measure its effects using a thermometer
ScOT terms

Heat

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