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Investigate Thermal Insulators

In this worksheet, students will apply their knowledge of materials to carrying out an investigation into thermal insulation.

'Investigate Thermal Insulators' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 Science worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Properties and Changes of Materials

Curriculum subtopic:   Testing Everyday Materials

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Worksheet Overview

We choose materials for their properties.


Some materials allow heat to travel through them easily. These are called thermal conductors.


Other materials, called thermal insulators, are chosen because they slow down the movement of heat from a warm place to a cooler place.


Child in warm coat and scarf


Winter clothes slow down the loss of heat from our bodies (warm place) into the air around us (cooler place).


With that in mind, let's join Calvin and Katrina who are planning an investigation into the best material to act as a thermal insulator, and have a look at how the planning is going.

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