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Materials And Their Properties Ks1 Homework Clip

This is a compilation of clips set to a background of music and based on the theme of materials and their uses. Includes glass and metal in buildings and bridges, precious stones, ice and ice sculptures, welding metal, wood flooring, kitchen utensils, blowing glass, stone being broken by a metal tool, plastic bottle manufacture and glass bottles recovered from wrecks. Note: There is no narration in this clip.
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KS1 Science Clips, Sorting with Using Materials
First broadcast:
24 September 2007

You could show the clip and ask the class to make a list of all the materials they have seen in the clip. Present them with a list of attributes, eg shiny, hard, soft or fragile and ask them to pick two or three of them to describe each material. Maybe invite them to have a look around in the classroom or school building and find the listed materials. How are they used in the building? You could then ask the children to close their eyes and explore some of the introduced materials with their hands. Can they guess what it is? Do they notice any other properties of the material they have missed at visual inspection?

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This list consists of lesson plans, activities and video clips to support the teaching of the uses of everyday materials at Year Two. It contains tips on using the resources, suggestions for further use and background subject knowledge. Possible misconceptions are highlighted so that teachers may plan lessons to facilitate correct conceptual understanding. Designed to support the new curriculum programme of study it aims to cover many of the requirements for knowledge and understanding and working scientifically. The statutory requirements are that children are taught to:

·  identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses

·  find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.

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Singing about materials and their properties will help reinforce the fact that it is not only fabrics that are materials but other substances such as clay, metal and glass. A useful starter or plenary or even part of a science assembly! 


What could be more fun than comparing the use of different materials to make a hamster's cage? With activity ideas and worksheets, have fun mimicking the action of a hamster’s teeth on different materials to find out which would be most suitable for a cage that the hamster cannot escape from! Sheets on Pages 24-26 provide a basis for activities in which children observe and compare and sort different materials based on their properties.


Page 43 looks at the suitability of different materials for making a mirror. Children start by looking at windows and notice that sometimes they may see their reflection in them, especially when one side of the window is darkened. They then investigate which materials will make the best backing to produce a mirror effect.

Page 47-50 details lessons which look at how to test whether a material is suitable for a particular purpose by investigating which materials are most suitable for making a towel and which materials would make a suitable tent for a teddy bear.


This short clip shows different materials such as metals, wood and plastic in different forms. It shows the different ways in which each material can be used. It also shows that some objects may be made from different materials, e.g. a spoon can be made from plastic, wood or metal. It includes footage of natural materials being manipulated for human use and manmade materials on the production line. Children could watch the clip and note down the objects then sort them into the different materials they are made from.  They could also look at a material and list the ways it can be used and say why it is used for this. 


This resource contains several activity sheets suitable for use in class or for follow up work. The sheets look at various aspects of this topic and include: identifying common materials and their uses, sorting and grouping objects, looking at natural and man-made materials and an assessment sheet.



This resource contains 6 lessons on materials and is a good starting point for planning the topic. Children often think of ’materials’ as fabrics or textiles so may think that wood or metal is not a material at all and become confused. It is worth going through the key vocabulary with children to establish from the start that the word material may refer to any substance. Activities in which children identify materials and their properties are a great place to assess their level of understanding.





This resource provides a starting point for the Year 2 topic Uses of Everyday Materials, where children are starting to think about the properties of materials that make them suitable or unsuitable for particular purposes. It can also be used as a stimulus to get them thinking about unusual or creative uses for everyday materials.