Materials may be natural or man-made. They may exist as solids, liquids and gases, and as a mixture of states.
Knowing about the properties of everyday materials found around us helps us choose the right material for the job.
Andy Markwick and Kevin Watts explore properties and changes of materials, introducing some ideas for chemistry activities.
TAPS aims to develop support for a valid, reliable and manageable system of primary school science assessment.
Bath Spa University
Bert Nagel explores how, using just drinking straws and staples, you can make wands that produce beautiful soap bubbles.
Bert Nagel shares another interesting and simple adaptation to create something special out of the ordinary.
In this activity children identify and compare the suitability of everyday materials for particular uses.
Claire Walker describes how one child's question created buzz and excitement leading to an engaging and productive investigation for her class
A cartoon story showing the surprising impact of copper in our everyday lives.
Copper Development Association
Deborah Wilkinson and Wayne Stallard consider how materials can support learning and teaching in the primary classroom.
In this activity children pick from a range of investigations to explore, question and develop their ideas about floating and sinking.
<p>In this activity children learn why currency notes are being replaced with polymer materials and why coins are made of metal.</p>