Science in Year 5 is all about honing the pupil's skills so that they can be independent in planning and conducting investigations. The children today have been carrying out 3 different investigations all related to the properties of materials. Some children worked to explore which materials around class were magnetic and which were not. Others used a nail to scratch different materials and award them a score for 'hardness'. whilst the final group designed a test for the strength of paper, so that they could rank different papers according to their strength.