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Ministry of Education.

Fizzing and foaming

Adapted from Science unit Fizzing and Foaming

Adaptions for ESOL students: Elise Soothill


Year: 7-8

Level: 3-4

Duration: 2 weeks

Achievement objectives


  • Making Sense of the Material World
    4.1 Investigate and group common materials in terms of properties
    4.3 Investigate and describe ways of producing permanent or temporary changes in some familiar materials.

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • describe the taste, texture, and smell of various ingredients and group them accordingly
  • describe the taste of various ingredients in terms of sweetness, sourness, bitterness or fizziness
  • devise a method of classifying unknown materials as either acids or carbonates
  • investigate, compare and describe the reactions of a group of substances known to be acids with a group of substances known to be carbonates.

Supporting achievement objectives


  • Transactional writing

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • write an explanation of their science ideas
  • experiment with sequencing their ideas logically.


Integrating strands

Students will be able to:

  • Nature of science - objectives 1,2,3

Investigative skills

Students will be able to:

  • F+P, IGP + IR

Language learning focus

Focus on building vocabulary and oracy.

Students will be able to:

  •  learn key vocabulary
  • talk in groups to explore scientific ideas and vocabulary
  • through teacher led discussion develop their language understandings of describing and comparing in a scientific context.


Students will be able to:

  • develop their understanding of adjectives and opposites in a scientific context.

How to achieve the vocabulary and oracy learning outcomes


rates of reaction, fizz, acid, carbon dioxide, sour, sweet, bitter, fizzy, cold, hot, soft, hard, chewy

Big ideas (Teacher information)

Substances have chemical properties that can be described and used to group them. We can investigate the chemical properties of a substance by observing the way the substance reacts with certain other substances. When a chemical change takes place, new substances are formed.

Teaching and learning activities

Learning task 1

Learning task 2


Formative assessment

Teacher observation of experiments and student discussion. Individual and group feedback.

Possible summative assessment

Sherbet fizz

AssessmentSchedule (Word 36KB)

Published on: 09 Jan 2018