Year 1

Unit Overview

In the Materials unit, your child will learn that materials are what objects are made from. They will observe and identify objects made from different materials in places familiar to them, such as their home and school. They will name and use their senses to explore a range of natural materials using hand lenses, learning that natural materials come from the world around us. They will write scientific questions about a chosen object made from a human-made material, its features and its use in the object, revisiting their questions during the project to see if they can identify the answers as their knowledge builds over time. They will compare a range of objects made from different materials, putting them into groups according to their similarities and differences and explaining their groups. They will identify the properties of a range of materials, learning that materials can be described by their properties and that a property is a quality a material has that makes it suitable for a particular use. They will follow instructions and conduct various tests to determine different materials' properties. They will complete their learning by investigating materials to determine which have suitable properties to make bunting, which will be used to decorate the school grounds.


The children will explore  the school looking for different materials and take photographs of their findings. 


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


Children will investigate which materials will keep them dry.

Unit Sequence: Learning Intentions

                                                                                  To observe closely and use simple equipment.

                                                                           To perform simple tests.

                                To gather and record data to help answer questions.

                                            To use observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.

Scientific Enquiry: Investigations

Which material would be best and worst to make a pair of curtains?  To use observations and ideas to answer questions.


We will make bunting for indoors and outdoors and compare which bunting survived the best after observing it for a week.


We will look at a range of Non Fiction texts.