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
Rough/smooth, flat/bumpy, sharp/blunt, transparent/opaque, waterproof/absorbent, wood, metal, plastic, glass, rock, fabric, rubber, materials, properties,
- Play 'I-Spy the Material' game and sort items according to their properties
- Consider what it would be like if the tables were made of jelly or the chairs were chocolate!
- Identify, label and record the materials they spot in the home
- Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made. E.g. Object- window, material- glass
- Describe materials using scientific vocabulary (Rough/smooth, flat/bumpy, transparent/opaque, waterproof/absorbent)
- Write a song based on the properties in materials and sing together (could be to the tune of Frere Jacques).
- Play Material Snap, placing objects on the table and seeing if their properties are the same.
- Play with magnets and explore their properties. Discover what's attracted to them and why.
- Create games using the magnets and metal objects in the classroom.
- Play 'Odd One Out' by carefully considering the properties of some objects.
- Listen to the story of the three little pigs and recreate the story using straw, twigs, bricks and other materials
- Predict which material will be the most successful and why.
- Video the story retellings with commentary and explanations.
- Discuss why some pigs may not choose to use bricks (more expensive, heavier, harder work to build with, etc.) and suggest successful alternatives.
Paws, Claws and Whiskers
Children should be able to:
- identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals
- identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores
- describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals including pets)
- identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense
- Draw your favourite animal and label it with its name and common animal group (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals) Can you write a descriptive sentence?
- Sort toy animals/pictures of animals into their animal groups
- Write a report on an animal, tell the reader what some of its features are and whether it is a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore. Can you include an interesting fact?
- Present a ‘news report’ to someone at home detailing everything you know about a variety of animals
- Write a sentence that compares the structure of a variety of animals, for example: A cat has fur and claws but a fish has scales and fins.
- Look outside your window and draw any wildlife you can see
- Sing head, shoulders, knees and toes
- Create a survey of your families favourite animals