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Friday 22nd January 2021

WALT- Understand properties of materials. 


By the end of year 1, children should be able to:

• distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made

• identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock

•  describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials

•  compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties.


Recap- Last week we began looking at materials that you had in your home. You made a table and wrote the different objects that were made of the materials you were looking for. Look back at this list you made. 


Task 1- Find a range of objects in your house and make a pile on the floor. You should have something made of wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock. This could be a pencil, paper clip/ phone, glass and plastic cup, bottle of water and rocks from the garden (Or anything else you can find). You can get more than 1 of each objects. When you have these objects, see if children can sort them into groups. These groups can be sorted by material (Making a pile of all the metals and woods ect) Or sort them into groups by size (All the big, medium and small objects) or you can sort them by purpose (bedroom objects, kitchen objects ect). 


Task 2- Using these same objects, make a list in your books and describe the properties of the objects and materials. For example- In my house I have a wooden box, in my lined book I would write, "Wooden box" I would then begin to describe the properties of the box and material, such as: It is hard, It can not bend, it is smooth, it is a solid object, it is orange and I can store my jewelry in the box. Do this for all the objects you can find.