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Investigating Materials

This week we've been investigating different properties of materials. Rigid, smooth, flexible, rough, transparent and most importantly for umbrellas - waterproof. There are loads of different properties that different materials have which makes them useful. Today we have been using our understanding to solve a problem. We had 5 umbrellas with big holes in them - our job was to think of what material would be best to fill that hole and make the umbrella OK to use in the rain. We fixed our umbrellas with a range of materials. We chose - tin foil, cling film, tinsel, cardboard and sellotape.

Can you guess which ones worked well and which ones didn't?

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We discovered that tinfoil, cling film and sellotape all worked well and helped our umbrellas keep us dry. Cardboard was not very good and got us a little bit wet... and tinsel was terrible - poor Anna!