Year 3

Lesson 6 • How effective is shade at reducing heat transfer?

Students plan and conduct an investigation to find out if putting an object in the shade impacts the transfer of heat.

Scorching swings and slides

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Students will:

  • conduct an investigation into how heat transfer might be slowed or stopped.
  • make predictions and claims about what will happen to the temperature of different materials that have been shaded from direct contact with a heat source.
  • observe, record and interpret the results of their investigation.


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.