Primary science teaching resources on properties and changes of materials

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Year 5 and P6 Yeast Investigation

An investigation for year 5 and P6, linking to the topic properties and changes of materials and properties and uses of substances. Yeast is a living thing. In this investigation, pupils will try to discover the best habitat for yeast in order to make the best pizza dough.

This downloadable pack includes:

  • A differentiated lesson plan, which includes a scientific explanation.
  • A PowerPoint presentation explaining what yeast is.
  • A printable set of group instructions.
  • Instructions for a speedy science activity on popcorn (this is a quick, 10 minute science demonstration done by a teacher).
Y5 and P6 Cupcake Science

What is the job of each ingredient in a cake? The fastest way to find out is to leave one ingredient out and see what happens! A fun investigation for year 5 and P6, linking to the topics properties and changes of materials and properties and uses of substances.

This downloadable pack includes:

  • A differentiated lesson plan, which includes a scientific explanation.
  • A PowerPoint presentation explaining cake chemistry.
  • A printable results table.
  • Printable instructions.
Y5 and P6 Interview with star baker and research scientist Rahul Mandal

An interview with a superstar baker and research scientist for year 5 and P6, linking to the topics properties and changes of materials and properties and uses of substances.
Rahul Mandal explains how cooking and baking are the perfect combinations of chemistry, physics and biology.

This downloadable reading pack includes:

  • An A3 reading spread for you to print.
  • Reading comprehension question and answer sheets, differentiated using our magnifying glasses key (on the bottom right). One magnifying glass indicates easier and two means harder.
An amazing close-up of dividing yeast cells

A short discussion topic, suitable for year 2 and all of KS2, linking with the topics properties and uses of substances and properties and changes of materials. This is a super-close-up photograph of yeast cells, taken using a scanning electron microscope.

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