Testing which materials are waterproof.

Key Stage 1
Material Investigations

Investigate which materials are waterproof, which are magnetic and which paper is the strongest? Discover which objects float and which objects sink. We have enjoyed putting these hands-on activities together and finding a range of ideas for our children to access learning. Hands-On Education understand all children are individual and learn in different ways. We firmly believe learning should be engaging and fun.

Within this topic you will find:

  • 8 activity plans, all of which clearly explain how to prepare and carry out each activity.
  • 6 activity sheets to support your child in recording their investigations.

This topic meets aspects within the National Curriculum in England in the following subject: Science.

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    Relation to Curriculum in England: = Science
    Download Links: = Activity Plan = Activity Sheet(s)
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Activity One - Investigation: Waterproof Or Not Waterproof?

Activity 1
Waterproof Investigation

  • Waterproof Investigation Activity Sheet
  • Large container such as a mixing bowl
  • Glass jar
  • Elastic band
  • Jug of water / cup for pouring
  • Materials to investigate:
    Tea towel
    Toilet roll
    Foil
    Plastic bag
    Newspaper
  • Sc1/.1 asking simple questions and recognizing that they can be answered in different ways
  • Sc1/1.3 performing simple tests
  • Sc1/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc1/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc1/1.6 gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • Sc1/3.1c describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
Activity Two - Investigation: Sink Or Float?

Activity 2
Sink Or Float Investigation

  • Sc1/.1 asking simple questions and recognizing that they can be answered in different ways
  • Sc1/1.3 performing simple tests
  • Sc1/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc1/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc1/1.6 gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • Sc1/3.1c describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
Activity Three - Investigation: Make It Sink

Activity 3
Make It Sink Investigation

  • Container of water
  • Piece of wood
  • Rock
  • Elastic band
  • Tin foil square
  • Coin
  • Sc1/.1 asking simple questions and recognizing that they can be answered in different ways
  • Sc1/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
Activity Four - Investigation: Make It Float

Activity 4
Make It Float Investigation

  • Container of water
  • Piece of wood
  • Rock
  • Elastic band
  • Tin foil square
  • Coin
  • Metal spoon
  • Sc1/.1 asking simple questions and recognizing that they can be answered in different ways
  • Sc1/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
Activity Five - Investigation: Strength Of Materials

Activity 5
Strength Of Materials Investigation

  • Sc1/.1 asking simple questions and recognizing that they can be answered in different ways
  • Sc1/1.3 performing simple tests
  • Sc1/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc1/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc1/1.6 gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • Sc1/3.1c describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
Activity Six - Investigation: Is It Magnetic?

Activity 6
Is It Magnetic Investigation

  • Sc1/.1 asking simple questions and recognizing that they can be answered in different ways
  • Sc1/1.3 performing simple tests
  • Sc1/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc1/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc1/1.6 gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • Sc1/3.1c describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
Activity Seven - Investigation: Absorbency

Activity 7
Absorbancy Investigation

  • Absorbancy Activity Sheet
  • Small cup of water
  • Plate
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Range of materials to cut into strips
  • For example:
  • newspaper
    toilet paper
    cardboard
    tissue paper
    bubble wrap
    tin foil
    baking paper
  • Sc1/.1 asking simple questions and recognizing that they can be answered in different ways
  • Sc1/1.3 performing simple tests
  • Sc1/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc1/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc1/1.6 gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • Sc1/3.1c describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
Activity Eight - Investigation: Absorbing Heat

Activity 8
Absorbing Heat Investigation

  • Sc1/.1 asking simple questions and recognizing that they can be answered in different ways
  • Sc1/1.3 performing simple tests
  • Sc1/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc1/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc1/1.6 gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • Sc1/3.1c describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials

Symbols Key

    Relation to Curriculum in England: = Science
    Download Links: = Activity Plan = Activity Sheet(s)
Activity One - Investigation: Waterproof Or Not Waterproof?

Activity 1
Waterproof Investigation

Practical Resources:
  • Waterproof Investigation Activity Sheet
  • Large container such as a mixing bowl
  • Glass jar
  • Elastic band
  • Jug of water / cup for pouring
  • Materials to investigate:
    Tea towel
    Toilet roll
    Foil
    Plastic bag
    Newspaper
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/.1 asking simple questions and recognizing that they can be answered in different ways
  • Sc1/1.3 performing simple tests
  • Sc1/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc1/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc1/1.6 gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • Sc1/3.1c describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
Downloads:
Activity Two - Investigation: Sink Or Float?

Activity 2
Sink Or Float Investigation

Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/.1 asking simple questions and recognizing that they can be answered in different ways
  • Sc1/1.3 performing simple tests
  • Sc1/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc1/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc1/1.6 gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • Sc1/3.1c describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
Downloads:
Activity Three - Investigation: Make It Sink

Activity 3
Make It Sink Investigation

Practical Resources:
  • Container of water
  • Piece of wood
  • Rock
  • Elastic band
  • Tin foil square
  • Coin
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/.1 asking simple questions and recognizing that they can be answered in different ways
  • Sc1/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
Downloads:
Activity Four - Investigation: Make It Float

Activity 4
Make It Float Investigation

Practical Resources:
  • Container of water
  • Piece of wood
  • Rock
  • Elastic band
  • Tin foil square
  • Coin
  • Metal spoon
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/.1 asking simple questions and recognizing that they can be answered in different ways
  • Sc1/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
Downloads:
Activity Five - Investigation: Strength Of Materialss

Activity 5
Strength Of Materials Investigation

Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/.1 asking simple questions and recognizing that they can be answered in different ways
  • Sc1/1.3 performing simple tests
  • Sc1/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc1/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc1/1.6 gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • Sc1/3.1c describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
Downloads:
Activity Six - Investigation: Is It Magnetic?

Activity 6
Is It Magnetic Investigation

Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/.1 asking simple questions and recognizing that they can be answered in different ways
  • Sc1/1.3 performing simple tests
  • Sc1/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc1/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc1/1.6 gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • Sc1/3.1c describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
Downloads:
Activity Seven - Investigation: Absorbency

Activity 7
Absorbancy Investigation

Practical Resources:
  • Absorbancy Activity Sheet
  • Small cup of water
  • Plate
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Range of materials to cut into strips
  • For example:
  • newspaper
    toilet paper
    cardboard
    tissue paper
    bubble wrap
    tin foil
    baking paper
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/.1 asking simple questions and recognizing that they can be answered in different ways
  • Sc1/1.3 performing simple tests
  • Sc1/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc1/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc1/1.6 gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • Sc1/3.1c describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
Downloads:
Activity Eight - Investigation: Absorbing Heat

Activity 8
Absorbing Heat Investigation

Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/.1 asking simple questions and recognizing that they can be answered in different ways
  • Sc1/1.3 performing simple tests
  • Sc1/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc1/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc1/1.6 gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • Sc1/3.1c describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
Downloads:

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