Worksheets and resources to support teaching and learning about materials and their properties at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.


Materials and Their Properties

This page contains worksheets, online activities and other educational resources to support teaching and learning about materials and their properties. Some may be useful when delivering QCA Schemes of Work for Science units 1C: Sorting and Using Materials, 2D: Grouping and Changing Materials, 3C: Characteristics of Materials, 3D: Rocks and Soils, 4D: Solids, liquids and how they can be separated, 5C: Gases Around Us, 5D: Changing State, 6C: More About Dissolving and 6D: Reversible and Irreversible Changes.      

Materials Links

BBC: Sorting and Using Materials  -  Interactive online activity to investigate whether or not materials are waterproof. Also includes a quiz. (Year 1)
BBC: Grouping and Changing Materials  -  Interactive online activity investigating what various item are made from. (Year 2)
BBC: Characteristics of Materials  -   Interactive activity investigating the characteristics of a range of materials. (Year 3)
Chelmsford County High School: Materials Worksheets for Primary Schools  -  A small selection of Key Stage 1 Materials worksheets.
Chelmsford County High School: Materials Activities for Primary Schools  -  A selection of interactive Key Stage 1 Materials activities.
Recycling Glass  -  Information and activities for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 related to recycling glass. Free CD-ROM available for schools.

If you know any more useful links or if any of these links are broken please email us.

Recommended Materials Book

All Kinds of Everything: A First Look at Materials (Reception / Key Stage 1)

Authors:  Sam Godwin, Simone Abel (Illustrator)

Synopsis:  A first look at materials. Two busy bees discover all kinds of materials when they join in the preparations for a birthday party.

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   Last Updated:  4th October 2006


First School Years - Materials and their properties