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Welcome to the Science Essentials website, the learning zone for kids, teachers and parents for Key Stage 2 science (ages 7-11).

Find out loads more about science by investigating the three areas: Choose Life, Material World and Get Physical. Or search via the QCA index, the English National Curriculum or the Scottish Curriculum for more specific results.

If you are a teacher, take some time to read the Teachers' Notes area, this will help you get the best out of the Science Essentials website.

 
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Question
Why do some materials feel cool, and others feel warm?
   
Answer
 
All the materials in a room are at the same temperature (except if they're a radiator or a fridge of course!) But some materials conduct the heat of your body away from you quickly - like a metal door handle. Others don't - like a cushion. Some even reflect the heat of your body back to you - like some plastics. These feel warm to the touch.

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