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KS1 - Year 2 Uses of everyday materials

Learning objective

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

Children identify the materials from which common objects are made.

  • 2d1: identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses
Objects can be made of different materials.
Materials include wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard.
Year 2 Uses of everyday materials | Outstanding Science

Properties of materials Investigation

Outstanding Science Year 2 | Uses of everyday materials | OS2D002

Learning objective

I can investigate the properties of different materials.

Children carry out an investigation into the properties of 10 small objects. They predict and test whether it is magnetic, transparent, floats, or can be squashed or stretched.

  • ks1w3: performing simple tests
  • ks1w2: observing closely, using simple equipment
  • ks1w6: gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • 2d1: identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses
Objects are made of different materials.
Materials have different properties.
Material properties include the ability to float, to be stretched, to be squashed, transparency, and attraction to a magnet.
Material properties can be discovered through experiment.
Year 2 Uses of everyday materials | Outstanding Science

Materials and their uses Worksheet

Outstanding Science Year 2 | Uses of everyday materials | OS2D003

Learning objective

I can explain how materials are useful in different situations.

Children learn about objects, materials, and properties. They look at 8 objects, identify the materials they are made from, and explain why they are suitable in each situation.

  • ks1w4: identifying and classifying
  • 2d1: identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses
Objects are made of different materials.
Materials have different properties.
Objects made by humans are made of materials chosen for their properties.
Objects can be made of more than one material.
Year 2 Uses of everyday materials | Outstanding Science

Choosing the right material Worksheet

Outstanding Science Year 2 | Uses of everyday materials | OS2D004

Learning objective

I can suggest suitable materials for new situations.

Children use a word bank of materials and their properties to choose the right material for 8 different situations. They draw a picture and explain their reasons.

  • ks1w4: identifying and classifying
  • 2d1: identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses
Materials have different properties.
Human-made objects are made of materials chosen for their properties.
A material can be tough, flexible, rigid, waterproof, absorbent, light, heavy, strong, transparent, opaque, insulating, smooth, rough, fragile or reflective.
Year 2 Uses of everyday materials | Outstanding Science

Grouping objects by material Worksheet

Outstanding Science Year 2 | Uses of everyday materials | OS2D005

Learning objective

I can group objects by the material that they are made from.

Children learn about objects, materials and properties. They look for objects in the classroom, identify their main materials and draw pictures of them, grouping by material.

  • ks1w4: identifying and classifying
  • 2d1: identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses
Objects are made of different materials.
Materials have different properties.
Human-made objects are made of materials chosen for their properties.
Some objects are made of several different materials.
Year 2 Uses of everyday materials | Outstanding Science

Properties of metals Investigation

Outstanding Science Year 2 | Uses of everyday materials | OS2D006

Learning objective

I can investigate and compare the properties of different metal objects.

Children learn about how metals are made. They carry out an investigation into the properties of up to 8 metal objects.

  • ks1w2: observing closely, using simple equipment
  • ks1w3: performing simple tests
  • ks1w6: gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • 2d1: identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses
Metal has been used by humans for thousands of years.
Metals are extracted from the ground as ores and refined.
Metals can be shaped by being moulded, beaten or cut.
There are different types of metal with different names including gold, aluminium and iron.
Material properties can be discovered through experiment.
Year 2 Uses of everyday materials | Outstanding Science

Inventors of new materials Worksheet

Outstanding Science Year 2 | Uses of everyday materials | OS2D007

Learning objective

I can explain how inventors have made new materials.

Children learn about three inventors of new materials - John Dunlop, John McAdam, and Charles Macintosh. They match statements to the correct inventor.

  • 2d1: identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses
Some inventors have created new materials.
John McAdam invented a new road surface.
Charles Macintosh invented a waterproof fabric.
John Dunlop invented air-filled tyres.
Year 2 Uses of everyday materials | Outstanding Science

Changing shape Investigation

Outstanding Science Year 2 | Uses of everyday materials | OS2D008

Learning objective

I can investigate how I can change the shape of different objects.

Children carry out an investigation into how they can change the shape of up to 8 classroom objects. They predict before they test and then discuss their findings.

  • ks1w3: performing simple tests
  • ks1w6: gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
Objects can be deformed in different ways.
Some objects can be deformed by hand, while others cannot.
Material properties can be discovered through experiment.
Year 2 Uses of everyday materials | Outstanding Science