Year 2

Lesson 5 • What can paper do?

Students explore the effects of folding paper, and how being folded might change its strength.

Take, shape and create

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Students will:

  • identify factors that make a test ‘fair’.
  • make predictions about how much weight a piece of paper will hold based on its shape.
  • analyse results, and make changes to ensuing investigations based on these results.
  • determine ways paper can be changed so it will hold more weight.


Students will represent their understanding as they:

  • use oral, written and visual language to record and analyse investigation results.
  • record data in a table.
  • discuss findings to reach consensus about how to change paper to increase the amount of weight it can hold.