Park Road Junior, Infant & Nursery School


Science Topic: Properties and Changes in Materials

Participants: Year 5

Artist: Fiona Goodwin

We’re using science to explore a new way of drawing; creating a journey of marks, patterns and images on cloth that are inspired by our family and each other. Responding to our collection of sometimes familiar and intriguing objects we’ll tell a story, a kind of timeline, incorporating some of our finds and treasures as we work alongside each other. Some of the changes we’ll make are as irreversible as the discoveries we’ll make together, creating new memories and marks that won’t fade.

Session 1:

What a great start! We’re already enthusiastic and working like a well-oiled machine to start our project featuring… RUST! Humeera our Cummins buddy, introduced us to turbo engines and explained how this chemical reaction is researched and avoided in the world of engineering. It’s fascinating! Beginning with two experiments this week using tap water, boiled water, salted water, salt, oil and nails, we’re trying to find out how to develop rust and how to speed up the process. We’re very excited but we’ll have to wait patiently for the results. In the meantime we’re moving on to something creative using some pre-rusted metals experimenting with ways of trapping them in paper and fabrics, and trying to get them to rust even more by using vinegar. We can’t wait for next week to see what happens!


I enjoyed the science experiments and I can’t wait to see how much rust the nails have after a week!

I liked the science experiments because we got to meet an engineer and I learnt lots of things. Science is pretty interesting!

My favourite bit was when we made patterns with the nails.


Session 2

Our rusting experiments have worked! We learned that the salt in the water helps to speed up the rusting process and our Cummins buddy Sarah-Jane explains this to us in more detail.  We realised how important air is to the rusting process. We start creating our emoji characters that are to feature in our final design. We assemble them more easily this week and we’re much more familiar and confident with materials. These emojis will be rusted and used to print onto different surfaces to create our final pieces. Inspired by Sarah-Jane’s measured drawings for the engineered parts she designs for turbo engines we are able to learn how and why they are created and learn how to create similar drawings ourselves. We’re really inspired and don’t want the session to end!

My favourite part was…everything!

I enjoyed meeting a real life scientist and learning all about her job.  I felt very inspired.

I enjoyed looking at the engineer’s plans and trying to make my own.

I’m going to try to make one at home!