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Muck, Mess and Mixtures

We’re warning you; this is going to get messy!


This half term, we’ll have a messy morning to investigate mixtures, from paint and toothpaste to jelly and shaving foam. We’ll enjoy the story of George’s Marvellous Medicine and write recipes, leaflets, lists and stories of our own. We’ll use our science skills to explore everyday materials, investigate soap products and understand why mixtures freeze and melt. We’ll learn how to measure using scales, measuring jugs and cylinders accurately. We’ll taste a wide variety of foods, learn about healthy eating and follow recipes to make some yummy treats including pizza and ice cream! Our artwork will also rely on our mixing skills. We’ll use marbling inks to make unusual patterns, create food landscapes inspired by Carl Warner, paint with ice cubes, model clay into exciting shapes and use a variety of materials to make mixed media collages.


At the end of our project, we’ll turn our classroom into a gallery and invite you to view our exhibition. We’ll arrange images from the project into a PowerPoint presentation and demonstrate our messy science investigations. We’ll also design and create our very own mud kitchen to play in. Yuck!


Help your child prepare for their project
Muck and mixtures can be messy and magical! Why not make a variety of fun recipes to reveal how mixtures can come together and change? Trifle, gooey cookies and bread would all be good to try. You could also invent a new soft drink. Mix, shake and stir a range of fruit juices, cordials and sparkling water together and taste each one. Pick the best and give it a groovy name. Alternatively, try making different bubble mixtures to see which make the biggest bubbles!

Memorable experienceMessy mixtures morning
Innovate challengeMessy art exhibition
EnglishLabels, lists and captions; Recipes; Poetry; Narratives; Leaflets
A&DPrinting; Food landscapes; Mixed media pictures and collages; Colour mixing; Using clay
ComputingStop motion animation; Photography; Presentations
D&TFood tasting; Origins of food; Healthy meals; Following recipes; Designing an outdoor kitchen
PSHEMedicines and household products; Safety
ScienceEveryday materials; Working scientifically
Science investigationsWhich stuff is stickier? How is mud made? What shape is a bubble?

Book List

📗 Recommended text

📗 The Magic Porridge Pot (Usborne Picture Books)WaterstonesAmazonRosie Dickins9781409550594
📗 The Day the Crayons QuitWaterstonesAmazonDrew Daywalt9780007513765
📗 The PencilWaterstonesAmazonAllan Ahlberg9781406380828
Mr. MessyWaterstonesAmazonRoger Hargreaves9781405274500
Oliver Moon and the Potion CommotionWaterstonesAmazonSue Mongredien9780746073063
The Gingerbread Man (Read it yourself with Ladybird)WaterstonesAmazonLadybird9780723272885
Tasty PoemsWaterstonesAmazonJill Bennett9780192763242
Materials (Discover Science)WaterstonesAmazonClive Gifford and Kingfisher9780753434116
Room on the BroomWaterstonesAmazonJulia Donaldson9781509804771
Monster Max's Shark SpaghettiWaterstonesAmazonClaire Freedman9781408851555
Dragon JellyWaterstonesAmazonClaire Freedman9781408838846
📗 George's Marvellous MedicineWaterstonesAmazonRoald Dahl9780141369297
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Really Dreadful SpellWaterstonesAmazonKristina Stephenson9781405277709
The Little Book of Messy PlayWaterstonesAmazonSally Featherstone9781904187097
Joe-Joe the Wizard Brews Up Solids, Liquids and Gases (In the Science Lab)WaterstonesAmazonEric Braun9781404872387
Everyday Materials (Ways into Science)WaterstonesAmazonPeter Riley9781445134802
📗 Revolting RecipesWaterstonesAmazonRoald Dahl9780099724216
Materials (Science in Action)WaterstonesAmazonAnna Claybourne9781784935221