Year 5 Chemical Sciences

Big Bang Education’s Year 5 Chemical Sciences program has been designed to help teachers achieve the Australian Curriculum science understanding in Chemical Sciences:

  • Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways (ACSSU077)

Year 5 students will participate in a hands-on workshop investigating the properties of matter. Students will learn about the three different states of matter – solids, liquids and gases – and investigate the properties of these states of matter.


Workshops are delivered by a professional science educator with over 10 years of experience.

If you’d like to book your students in for our ‘Properties of Matter’ program, please contact us.

This program consists of a 90 minute hands-on workshop for each individual class (maximum of 30 children per group).

The presenter will begin with a group discussion about matter and conduct several engaging demonstrations about states of matter, including fog rings and a ‘melting’ snowman. The presenter will discuss the format of the workshop and outline expectations of behaviour before the students begin the activities.

Students will work in small groups through a series of self-guided activities. Each activity will focus on a certain property of matter. The students will also fill out a worksheet as they work through the activities indicating observations made at each activity and identifying what state of matter the activity is concerning.

Activities include:

  • Cornflour Slime, Silly putty. Is it a liquid or a solid?
  • Cartesian Divers, Mini Lava Lamps, Ooze Tubes. Does a gas float or sink in a liquid?
  • Air zookas, creating a mini vacuum, Tornado Tubes. Does air really take up space? How can we prove that?

After the workshop, we will send follow-up worksheets to the booking teacher.


A large indoor space – your school hall is ideal!

10 large tables for workshop materials

Access to water

The Year 5 Chemical Sciences program covers the following areas of the Australian Curriculum (version 8.1).

Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways (ACSSU077 – Scootle )

Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and reflects historical and cultural contributions (ACSHE081)

Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE083)

With guidance, pose clarifying questions and make predictions about scientific investigations (ACSIS231)

Identify, plan and apply the elements of scientific investigations to answer questions and solve problems using equipment and materials safely and identifying potential risks (ACSIS086)

Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to represent and describe observations, patterns or relationships in data using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS090)

Reflect on and suggest improvements to scientific investigations (ACSIS091)

Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (ACSIS218)