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Amber Class – Year 2

In Year 2, we have been busy investigating everyday materials in our Science lessons.  To make our experiments more exciting, we linked our Science topic to our Geography, which is all about the Artic, and to our Literacy, Stories from the snow and ice.   Therefore, we decided to make an Artic Explorer’s coat using everyday materials we could find in school, for our historical figure Matthew Henson and for Tom in The Great Explorer. We decided to investigate water resistance; this is if a material is waterproof.

First, each group selected their material and investigated by dropping water on each material. Then they recorded their finds on their investigation sheet.  


Next, they decided which would be the most appropriate material and made their coats. Here are some examples of the finished product.




Finally, children wrote a paragraph explaining their choice relating it to facts they already knew about the Arctic.

“My partner and I decide to make and Arctic Explorer’s coat out of nylon because this material is waterproof. Water does not go through nylon. It is impermeable. This material is also not hard and it is fabric. The Arctic has severe snowstorms, it is an icy place with blizzards so it is important to keep dry and survive.” (Wafiq and Samy)