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KS1 - Year 1 Everyday materials

Learning objective

I can tell the difference between an object and a material.

Children learn about the difference between objects and materials. They use a word bank to select the correct object and material for 8 pictures.

  • ks1w4: identifying and classifying
  • 1c1: Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made
Objects are made of different materials.
Materials include plastic, ceramic, rubber, fabric, wood, paper, glass, and metal.
Year 1 Everyday materials | Outstanding Science

Naming materials Worksheet

Outstanding Science Year 1 | Everyday materials | OS1C002

Learning objective

I can name some everyday materials.

Children use a word bank to identify the material that 14 different objects are made from.

  • ks1w4: identifying and classifying
  • 1c2: Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock
Objects are made of different materials.
Materials include fabric, wood, ceramic, plastic, rubber, paper, brick, rock, glass, metal, water and leather.
Year 1 Everyday materials | Outstanding Science

Identifying materials Investigation

Outstanding Science Year 1 | Everyday materials | OS1C003

Learning objective

I can identify the materials that some objects are made from.

Children choose 18 objects from around the classroom. They draw a picture, name the object and identify the material. They cut and sort the objects by material.

Objects are made of different materials.
Materials include fabric, wood, ceramic, plastic, rubber, paper, brick, rock, glass, metal, water and leather.
Objects can be grouped by the materials from which they are made.
Year 1 Everyday materials | Outstanding Science

Objects and their properties Investigation

Outstanding Science Year 1 | Everyday materials | OS1C004

Learning objective

I can explain some properties of objects and materials.

Children choose 10 objects from around the classroom. They sort them according to their properties - bendy/not bendy, hard/soft, transparent/opaque.

  • ks1w4: identifying and classifying
  • 1c3: Describe the simple physical properties of a variety of materials
Objects can have different material properties, such as bendy/not bendy, hard/soft, and transparent/opaque.
Objects can be grouped according to their material properties.
Year 1 Everyday materials | Outstanding Science

Floating and sinking Investigation

Outstanding Science Year 1 | Everyday materials | OS1C005

Learning objective

I can investigate whether an object floats or sinks.

Children carry out an investigation into whether 5 objects from around the classroom float or sink. They record their results on a simple table.

  • ks1w3: performing simple tests
  • ks1w4: identifying and classifying
  • ks1w5: using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • ks1w6: gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • 1c3: Describe the simple physical properties of a variety of materials
Objects are made of different materials.
Some objects float in water, while others sink.
Material properties can be discovered through experiment.
Results of experiments can be compared.
Year 1 Everyday materials | Outstanding Science

Grouping materials Game

Outstanding Science Year 1 | Everyday materials | OS1C006

Learning objective

I can group objects and materials by their properties.

Children work with a partner. They use 9 challenge cards to sort around 10 objects from around the classroom.

  • ks1w4: identifying and classifying
  • 1c4: Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties
Objects can be grouped according to their material properties.
Material properties include whether an object is transparent, soft, or flexible, those that sink or stretch, those that absorb water or are cold to the touch, and those that are made of metal or plastic.
Year 1 Everyday materials | Outstanding Science

Choosing materials Worksheet

Outstanding Science Year 1 | Everyday materials | OS1C007

Learning objective

I can choose a good material for a purpose.

Children use a word bank to think of the best material to use in 8 different situations. They draw a picture of each object, and identify the material and its desirable properties.

  • ks1w4: identifying and classifying
  • 1c4: Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties
Objects are made of different materials.
Materials include metal, plastic, rubber, fabric, stone, brick, ceramic, paper, glass and wood.
Material properties include whether they are soft, hard, waterproof, absorbent, light, heavy, transparent, opaque, bendy, stiff, rough, smooth, warm, cold, stretchy, shiny, dull or pretty.
Human-made objects are made of materials chosen for their properties.
Year 1 Everyday materials | Outstanding Science

Investigating the best material Investigation

Outstanding Science Year 1 | Everyday materials | OS1C008

Learning objective

I can investigate the best material for a purpose.

Children carry out an investigation to find out which is the most absorbent of 4 materials. They use a table to order their results and use them to answer the question.

  • 1c4: Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties
Absorbent materials absorb water.
Material properties can be determined through experiment.
Some materials are more absorbent than others.
Results of experiments can be compared.
Year 1 Everyday materials | Outstanding Science