Year 3

Lesson 5 • Which playground building material gets the hottest?

Students plan and conduct a further investigation to compare the conductivity of different materials, and determine the suitability of specific materials to playground design.

Scorching swings and slides

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Students will:

  • conduct an investigation into the transfer of heat to different materials.
  • make predictions and claims about what will happen to the temperature of different materials placed in the sun.
  • observe, record and interpret the results of their investigation.
  • identify the differences in conductivity of different materials.


Students will represent their understanding as they:

  • use oral, written and visual language to record and discuss investigation results.
  • record data in a table.
  • discuss findings and compare results.