To end our day on this sunny Thursday afternoon, Year 5 investigated ‘2p’s.
Initially, when the children were presented with some 2 pence pieces, some thought, “so what?”.
The children stated that the coins were made of metal and when asked what properties they might have, they all confidently stated, “they will be magnetic”.
So imagine their confusion when only half of the ‘2p’s were picked up by even the strongest magnets.
“WHAT?! THIS IS MADNESS!”
“You’ve given us some fake coins Mr Worth!”
“No, it’s because those ones are dirty! Look how brown they are!”
“There must be something holding them down to the table…”
The coin was picked up effortlessly.
After that, everyone was examining the coins closely, each child noticing subtle differences in the coins.
Eventually, after some digging on the internet the children found some interesting facts.
The most relevant fact to this investigation was that all ‘2p’s made since September 1992 have been made from copper-plated steel.
The children found that steel is a strongly magnetic metal.
Alternatively, ‘2p’s made before September 1992 were all made from bronze – a non-magnetic metal.
This investigation proves that even things that seem boring at first can turn into a fascinating learning experience fuelled by curiosity.