Does wool burn?

Wool’s chemical structure makes it naturally flame resistant. It is a highly-trusted natural fibre in public areas such as hotels, aircraft, hospitals and theatres.

The focus of this lesson is to encourage students to think about the link between the properties of a fibre and the implications for its end use, in particular why wool is a safe fibre to wear or use in home furnishings.

During the lesson students will have the opportunity to:

  • observe the flammability of wool compared with a range of synthetic fibres
  • consider the implications of flammable fibres in a range of everyday uses.

Links to the Australian Curriculum:

  • Science involves exploring and observing the world using the senses (ACSHE013)
  • Pose and respond to questions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS014)
  • Explore and make observations by using the senses (ACSIS011)
  • Share observations and ideas (ACSIS012)
  • Engage in discussions about observations and represent ideas (ACSIS233)