An example of the exploring-materials Timeline cards.

Key Stage 1
Exploring Materials

Grouping Objects By Material

In this activity by handling a range of objects your child will identify the materials from which they are made. They will notice the similarities in the way the material feels and looks. They will sort the objects into groups.

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 One - Grouping Objects By Material

Activity 1
Grouping Objects By Material

  • Material Vocabulary cards
  • What Is It Made Of? activity sheet
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Objects made of different materials. For Example:
    Metal: Spoon / coin / sieve
    Plastic: Lego / bowl / toys
    Glass: Jug / marble / jam jar
    Wood: Blocks / toys
    Rock: Stones
  • Sc1/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc1/3.1a distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made
  • Sc1/3.1b identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, and rock

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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 One - Grouping Objects By Material

Activity One - Grouping Objects By Material

Practical Resources:
  • Material Vocabulary cards
  • What Is It Made Of? activity sheet
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Objects made of different materials. For Example:
    Metal: Spoon / coin / sieve
    Plastic: Lego / bowl / toys
    Glass: Jug / marble / jam jar
    Wood: Blocks / toys
    Rock: Stones
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc1/3.1a distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made
  • Sc1/3.1b identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, and rock
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