An example of the exploring-materials Timeline cards.

Key Stage 1
Exploring Materials

Describing The Properties Of Materials

In this activity your child will describe the properties of different materials. They will compare the properties of materials by putting them into groups. They will distinguish between the object, the material it is made from, and its physical properties.

Throughout our 6 Exploring Materials topics your child will identify and classify different materials, discover the ‘odd’ object and go on a treasure hunt. Play with water and ice and create a sculpture from recycling. This topic contains 6 activities with accompanying activity sheets. In addition, it covers the following key aspects of the National Curriculum in England: Art and Science.

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    Relation to Curriculum in England: = Art = Design & Technology = Science
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Activity Three - Describing The Properties Of Materials

Activity 3
Describing The Properties Of Materials

  • Object / Materials / Properties activity sheet
  • Material Vocabulary cards
  • Properties Vocabulary cards
  • A range of objects made from different materials and textures. For example:
    Socks / elastic band / spoon / straw / blocks / cup
  • Sc1/3.1a distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made
  • Sc1/3.1d compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties
  • DT1/1.3a explore and evaluate a range of existing products

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Activity 1
Grouping Objects

Activity One - Grouping Objects By Material

Activity 2
Odd Object Out

Activity Two - Odd Object Out

Activity 3
Material Properties

Activity Three - Describing The Properties Of Materials

Activity 4
Treasure Hunt

Activity Four - Treasure Hunt

Activity 5
Explore Water & Ice

Activity Five - Explore With Water And Ice

Activity 6
Recycling Sculpture

Activity Six - Create A Recycling Sculpture
Activity Three - Describing The Properties Of Materials

Activity Three - Describing The Properties Of Materials

Practical Resources:
  • Object / Materials / Properties activity sheet
  • Material Vocabulary cards
  • Properties Vocabulary cards
  • A range of objects made from different materials and textures. For example:
    Socks / elastic band / spoon / straw / blocks / cup
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/3.1a distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made
  • Sc1/3.1d compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties
  • DT1/1.3a explore and evaluate a range of existing products
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