Heating and cooling

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We have selected these resources to support you when you need information relating to cooling, conduction, convection, energy, heat, radiation, and temperature.  SCIS 1525147

Energy Transfer by Heating

This BBC site provides pages of bite size information on transfer of heat and how solar panels can help heat water and your home.

Suggested level: Senior primary and intermediate.

Heat absorption

In this simple science activity from Science Learning Hub, students use soda bottles to explore how different colours affect heat absorption.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

How do Heating and Cooling Technologies Work?

Search for how fridges, thermos, and heat pumps work. Clear explanations with illustrations. Also includes general information about heating and cooling.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


To discover information of the school work site ManyAnswers, use the search term heating and cooling.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary.

Touch: How can you Feel Hot and Cold?

Presents information on how you feel hot and cold.

Suggested level: primary


Britannica Online School Edition provides a range of information on aspects of heating and cooling. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using books with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Cold Jac, by Rob Lewis, 2002 (picture book)
Hot City, by Barbara Joosse, 2004 (picture book)
Oscar and Arabella: hot, hot, hot, by Neal Layton, 2003 (picture book)


Bill Nye the science guy episodes 30 heat. Youtube. 21.46

Scientific Eye heating and cooling. Youtube. 19.02