Materials resources for Science at EYFS, KS1 and KS2

Teacher-produced resources to help children discover the properties of everyday materials, rocks and soils and to investigate changes of state within the primary classroom.

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Explanation text - how are fossils formed?
This is an explanation text about how fossils are formed and  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Reading comprehension | Materials | Published: 10/07/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Information retrieval – non-fiction | Rocks
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Five tips for Outdoor learning
Five tips to support your outdoor teaching and learning. Ideas  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Reading word level | Geometry | Materials | Physical processes | Published: 06/06/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Designing and making | Phonics | Properties of shapes – symmetry
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Investigating permeabilty - Somerset Coal Canal
A science experiment based on the construction of the Somerset  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Materials | Published: 30/05/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Modern Britain | Everyday materials
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Six tips for British Science Week
Six great ideas to help get your British Science Week off to  … read more
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F Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Materials | Life processes and living things | Physical processes | Working scientifically Published: 24/05/2017 | 
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Reduce, reuse, recycle!
A lovely activity that encourages students to explore the issues  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Materials | Published: 15/05/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Everyday materials
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Pirate materials ahoy!
An activity to ask children to think about the materials used  … read more
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Y1 | Materials | Published: 30/11/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Everyday materials
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Design a Bug
A designing and making challenge with a science focus on materials.  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Materials | Published: 18/10/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Designing and making | Everyday materials
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Natural and man-made materials sort
Sort everyday materials into natural and man-made. A great cut  … read more
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Y1 | Materials | Published: 25/04/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Everyday materials
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Funny combinations
Children use their knowledge of the properties of materials to  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Materials | Published: 23/03/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Everyday materials
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Magnetic or non-magnetic – sorting activity
A circle sorting activity to predict which materials will be  … read more
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Y3 | Materials | Published: 13/01/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Everyday materials and featured in our teaching pack(s) KS2 Science Curriculum Pack – Year 3: Forces and magnets
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Curious Chocolate – melting times investigation
A great investigation to really get children working scientifically  … read more
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Y2 | Materials | Working scientifically  | Published: 11/11/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Everyday materials | Investigations | States of matter
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Materials properties quiz
A great assessment activity covering the properties of everyday  … read more
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Y2 | Materials | Published: 11/11/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Everyday materials
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Rapid Rockets – rocket fuel investigation
A great practical investigation into rockets and finding the  … read more
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Y5 | Materials | Working scientifically  | Published: 11/11/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Investigations | States of matter
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Mr Frosty's hand – investigating insulators
A great practical investigation into the properties of materials.  … read more
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Y2 | Materials | Working scientifically  | Published: 21/10/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Everyday materials | Investigations | States of matter
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The great cake robbery – separating solids
Can you solve the mystery of the Great Cake Robbery? This fun,  … read more
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Y5 | Materials | Published: 21/10/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Separating materials
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Material properties – hangman
Play this classroom classic to check children's material properties  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Materials | Published: 07/10/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Everyday materials
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What do you know about iron?
A true or false activity to assess what children know about iron.  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Materials | Published: 26/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Prehistoric Britain | Everyday materials and featured in our teaching pack(s) Teaching and learning pack: Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
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Rocks that make up our planet
An explanation of the three types of rocks and how these are  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Materials | Published: 18/02/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Physical geography
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Filtering sand and water
Working in groups children predict which filter will be the most  … read more
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Y2 | Materials | Working scientifically  | Published: 23/10/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Separating materials
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Which fabric has the most stretch?
Children are asked to design and carry out an investigation into  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Materials | Working scientifically  | Published: 29/08/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Everyday materials
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Making the most of sand!
A useful set of language development ideas and prompt/record  … read more
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F Y1 | Materials | Published: 29/08/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Everyday materials
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What is it made of?
Children are asked to consider a variety of materials and their  … read more
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Y2 Y3 | Materials | Published: 07/02/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Everyday materials
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Which material makes the best umbrella?
Children design and carry out an investigation to find a suitable  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Materials | Published: 19/12/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Everyday materials
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Water – solid, liquid, gas
Children are asked to think about the different states of water  … read more
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Y5 | Materials | Published: 21/11/2013 | From the resource collection(s): States of matter
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Materials which melt
Children are asked to think about how chocolate might change  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 | Materials | Published: 21/11/2013 | From the resource collection(s): States of matter
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Weather - what happens to puddles?
Children discover what happens to puddles as they evaporate and  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4 | Materials | Weather | Published: 16/05/2013 | From the resource collection(s): States of matter
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Materials investigation – buoyancy and absorbency
A pirate challenge to design a rescue boat! Planning proforma  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Materials | Published: 10/05/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Everyday materials
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States of matter - (gas liquid or solid?)
Fun interactive choices activity. Learners must help the computer  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Materials | Published: 21/03/2013 | From the resource collection(s): States of matter
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Hot and cold – changing states investigation
A simple experiment using food to see how changes in temperature  … read more
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Y4 Y5 | Materials | Published: 19/12/2012 | From the resource collection(s): States of matter
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Make your own crystal snowflakes
Teachers' notes providing instructions showing how to get your  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Materials | Published: 16/11/2012 | From the resource collection(s): States of matter | Christmas and featured in our teaching pack(s) Christmas Project Pack - Bearing gifts we traverse afar
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Sorting seaside materials
Sort a set of seaside objects into man-made and natural. Works  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Materials | Holidays | Published: 09/11/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Everyday materials
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Cosy cups - investigating heat insulation
A simple experiment to see how wrapping a beaker in different  … read more
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Y4 Y5 Y6 | Materials | Published: 26/10/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Everyday materials
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What are toys made from?
Children use materials vocabulary to describe properties and  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Materials | Toys | Published: 12/10/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Everyday materials
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What are clouds made from?
Demonstration experiment to show that clouds are made of water  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 | Materials | Weather | Published: 24/08/2012 | From the resource collection(s): States of matter
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Ice experiment
A set of differentiated investigation sheets for an experiment  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Materials | Published: 10/05/2012 | From the resource collection(s): States of matter
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Sorting materials
Investigate materials. Children will need access to a set of  … read more
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Y3 Y4 | Materials | Published: 27/05/2010 | From the resource collection(s): Everyday materials
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