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Subject :Science Theme:Unit 1C



Term:SpringYear Group: 1


Key EnquiryQuestion








Cross CurricularLinks including I.C.T. and Speaking and Listening








- thatevery material has many properties

which canbe recognised using our

senses anddescribed using appropriate


- to recordobservations of materials

- to askquestions and to explore

materialsand objects using appropriate

senses,making observations and


- thatthere are many materials and these can be named anddescribed.



1, 2a, 2b, 2f,2g, 2j


1a,1b, 1c


- Handle avariety of objects and get them to describe them. Write down alldescribing words. Introduce new words. Write around theobject.

- Talk aboutsenses they can use. Get them to close their eyes, use senses toidentify the object. Hard, smooth rough, smell, noise etc.

- Talk aboutdifferent materials. E.g. glass, wood, clay, metal, plastic, sandetc. Get them to search the classroom for other objects withthose materials. Draw them in their groups.


-Art drawingthem into groups.


- Can they usethe correct vocab words?

- Can theydescribe how an object feels and smells?

- Can theyidentify objects and place them in the correct groups?








- thatobjects are made from materials,

anddifferent, everyday objects can

be madefrom the same materials

- thatmaterials can be used in a variety


- to groupmaterials together and make a record of groupings

- thatmaterials can be sorted in a variety of ways according to theirproperties

- to useappropriate vocabulary to




1, 2a, 2b, 2f,2h, 2j



1b,1c, 1d,2b


- talk aboutgroups, e.g. metal, plastic etc. Use reference books to find outmore information about those materials. What words can be use todescribe those materials. List them, in pairs then as aclass.

- Give thechildren a selection of paper, card, tracing paper and cardboard.Get them to group them as many ways as they can. E.g. shiny,smooth, rough, plain, colourful, etc.

- Talk about whatsort of material would be appropriate for a certain job or object.Why?

- Give eachchild a picture of a house, and get them to label parts of thehouse and what they are made of.

Art/ D&T making cards.

- Can they usebooks to get information?

- Can they decidewhich material is the best for the job?

- Do they labelthe correct parts with the correct materials?









- that somematerials are magnetic but

most arenot

- to thinkabout which objects they

expect tobe attracted to a magnet

- to makeobservations, communicate

whathappened, and with help,

use resultsto draw conclusions saying

whethertheir predictions were right

- thatmaterials are chosen for specific

purposes onthe basis of their


- tosuggest how to test an idea about

whether afabric or paper is suitable for

aparticular purpose





1, 2a, 2b,2c,2e,2g, 2j


1b,1c, 2b


- Give thechildren magnets and get them to go around the classroom seeingwhat the magnet sticks to. Give them objects and as a class predictwhich they think will be magnetic and which wont. Get them torecord their results once they have tried the objects by drawingthe object under the headings.

- give them apiece of card, fabric and paper. Tell them to make a happy bdaycard with each. Get them to come back and discuss which was thebest material, and why. Which couldnt they write on etc.



- Is theirprediction correct?

- Do they placethe correct materials under the correct headings?

- Do theyrecognise a pattern with which materials are magnetic?









- tosuggest how to test whether

materialsare waterproof

- toexplore ways of answering the


- tocommunicate what they did and

whathappened, making simple


- to usewhat happened to draw a

conclusionand to say what they







1, 2a, 2b,2c,2e,2g, 2j


1b, 1c,1d2b


- Testwhich materials would be best for an umbrella or a rain coat. Askthem how we could find out? Get them to test using small amounts ofwater.



Recognise that anumbrella and rain coat need to be waterproof.

Can they followinstructions?