Everyday Materials

Year 1

Unit Overview

A material is something used to build or make something else. Natural materials are dug out of the ground, grown or taken from a living thing. Man-made materials are often made from natural materials but have been changed to have different properties. This project teaches children that objects are made from materials. They identify a range of everyday materials and their sources. Children investigate the properties of materials and begin to recognise that a material's properties defines its use.


Children will learn about the magnetic properties of different materials to perform superhero rescues.


Children will gather and record results in a range of ways.


Children will investigate which materials will keep them dry

Unit Sequence: Learning Intentions

  1. To perform simple tests.

  2. To use observations an ideas to answer questions.

  3. To gather and record data to help in answering questions.

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

  5. To observe closely, using simple equipment.

  6. To identify and classify.

  7. To ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways.

  8. To identify and name a variety of everyday materials including; wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock.

  9. To describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials.

Scientific Enquiry: Investigations

  1. How does it feel?

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

    • Identify and name what an object is made from

  2. Can you be a superhero?

    • Know that some metal objects are magnetic.

    • Magnetic objects will be attracted to a magnet.

  3. What keeps us dry?

    • Know that everyday materials have properties suited to certain situations.

    • Waterproof materials are good at keeping us dry.


We will make musical shakers and explain to another class why different everyday materials make loud and quiet sounds.


We will look at a range of NF texts.