Materials in the curriculum


Strand unit: Properties and characteristics of materials

The child should be enabled to

  • observe and investigate a range of familiar materials in the immediate environment e.g. water, wood, textiles, food, plastic, metal, rock
  • Describe and compare materials, noting the differences in the colour, shape and texture
  • Know about some everyday uses of common materials
    group materials according to certain criteria e.g. strength, colour, texture, flexibility
  • Investigate materials for different properties, for example

materials that are attracted by magnets
materials that keep us warm
materials that absorb water and those that are waterproof.

Strand unit: Materials and change

The child should be enabled to

  • Explore the effects of water on a variety of materials
  • Observe and describe materials when they are wet and when they are dry
    soil and paper
  • Identify some materials that are waterproof
    raincoat, umbrella, boot, feather, skin
    suggest materials suitable for rainy days
    design and make a waterproof outfit for a toy character or doll
  • Explore the effects of heating and cooling on everyday objects, materials and
    ice-cream, butter, chocolate, water.