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Key Stage 1
Properties of Materials

Identify and classify different materials around the house, discover Venn diagrams and create a recycling poster. Identify different material types and create a sculpture using them. Hands-On Education understand all children are individual and learn in different ways. We firmly believe learning should be engaging and fun. We have enjoyed putting these hands-on activities together and finding a range of ideas for our children to access learning.

Within this topic you will find:

  • 7 activity plans, all of which clearly explain how to prepare and carry out each activity.
  • 9 activity sheets and printable cards to support your child in recording their investigations.
  • 1 video, looking into Material Origins to help inspire your child’s own creativity.

This topic meets aspects within the National Curriculum in England in the following subjects: Art and Science.

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    Relation to Curriculum in England: = Art = Design & Technology = Science
    Download Links: = Activity Plan = Activity Sheet(s) = Play Video = Download Video
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Activity One - Materials Around The House

Activity 1
Materials Around The House

  • Dt1/1.4c explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • Sc2/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc2/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc2/3.1a identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for different uses
Activity Two - Comparing Properties

Activity 2
Comparing Properties

  • Dt1/1.4c explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • Sc2/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc2/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc2/3.1a identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for different uses
Activity Three - Suitable Materials

Activity 3
Suitable Materials

  • Dt1/1.4c explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • Sc2/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc2/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc2/3.1a identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for different uses
Activity Four - Identify Material Origins

Activity 4
Identify Material Origins

  • Sc2/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc2/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc2/3.1a identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for different uses
Activity Five - Create A Recycling Poster

Activity 5
Recycling Poster

  • Sc2/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc2/3.1a identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for different uses
Activity Six - Create A Sculpture Using Different Materials

Activity 6
Create A Sculpture With Materials

  • Range of recycling items for example:
  • yoghurt pots
    egg cartons
    cereal box
    toilet rolls
    straws
    bottle tops
  • Tissue paper
  • Straws
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Sc2/3.1a identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for different uses
  • Ar1/1.1 to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • Ar1/1.2 to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
Activity Seven - Printing With Different Materials

Activity 7
Printing With Different Materials

  • White card
  • Poster paint
  • Objects made from different materials for example:
  • Metal – spoon / fork
    Plastic – cup / bottle
    Glass – jar
    Wood – bark / stick
    Rock – stone from outside
    Rubber – toy car tyres
  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

Symbols Key

    Relation to Curriculum in England: = Art = Design & Technology = Science
    Download Links: = Activity Plan = Activity Sheet(s) = Play Video = Download Video
Activity One - Materials Around The House
Activity 1
Materials Around The House
Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Dt1/1.4c explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • Sc2/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc2/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc2/3.1a identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for different uses
Downloads:
Activity Two - Comparing Properties
Activity 2
Comparing Properties
Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Dt1/1.4c explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • Sc2/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc2/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc2/3.1a identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for different uses
Downloads:
Activity Three - Suitable Materials
Activity 3
Suitable Materials
Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Dt1/1.4c explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • Sc2/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc2/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc2/3.1a identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for different uses
Downloads:
Activity Four - Identify Material Origins
Activity 4
Identify Material Origins
Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc2/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc2/1.5 using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Sc2/3.1a identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for different uses
Downloads:
Activity Five - Create A Recycling Poster
Activity 5
Recycling Poster
Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc2/1.4 identifying and classifying
  • Sc2/3.1a identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for different uses
Downloads:
Activity Six - Create A Sculpture Using Different Materials
Activity 6
Create A Sculpture With Materials
Practical Resources:
  • Range of recycling items for example:
  • yoghurt pots
    egg cartons
    cereal box
    toilet rolls
    straws
    bottle tops
  • Tissue paper
  • Straws
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc2/3.1a identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for different uses
  • Ar1/1.1 to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • Ar1/1.2 to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
Downloads:
Activity Seven - Printing With Different Material
Activity 7
Printing With Different Materials
Practical Resources:
  • White card
  • Poster paint
  • Objects made from different materials for example:
  • Metal – spoon / fork
    Plastic – cup / bottle
    Glass – jar
    Wood – bark / stick
    Rock – stone from outside
    Rubber – toy car tyres
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
Downloads:

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