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Icy Science in Year 6

The students in Year 6 were presented with strange, icy hands and were given the opportunity to explore the changes that occur when water is left in sub-zero temperatures. Following their initial observations, they arrived at their own hypotheses and made predictions of how the icy hands would react, when food colouring was introduced.


Using a broad range of scientific vocabulary, some students predicted that the colouring would simply run off the smooth surface of the ice, whilst others predicted that the temperature of the ice would cause the food colouring to freeze instantly. As the test was carried out, the young scientists observed that the colouring found its way through the microscopic cracks in the ice, almost like veins through a human hand!


Through this experience, Year 6 were able to answer questions such as:

How do scientists create theories?

How do you make and record detailed observations and create your own hypothesis?

What is the difference between a hypothesis and a prediction?

Icy Science in Year 6


"Great to see the students getting 'hands on' with their Science. (Pun intended)"

Mr Cooper, Primary School Principal
Friday, August 25, 2017


"The science of today is the technology of tomorrow."

Edward Teller"

Matt Mills, Head of School
Friday, August 25, 2017


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