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Adaptation- how do animals keep warm

How do animals keep warm- scientific enquiry 

Year 6 worked scientifically to explore how polar animals survive in the polar regions. By creating icy waters they tested how a difference in temperature could be felt. This first entailed no protection, just a thin medical glove. The second test was to wear 2 gloves, with air blown between them, modelling the protection of feathers and fur. The third test involved creating blubber between the 2 gloves and testing how much longer it took to feel the cold water temperature seep through. Using this method helped the children to understand how both air and blubber create a thermal insulator and how animals have evolved and adapted to the environment they live in.



Ask your child to explain what the scientific word 'insulator' means. 


Scientific enquiry