This term children will be introduced to a range of basic materials and their properties. They
will learn to name and identify wood, plastic, metal, glass, rock, water and other materials,
many of which will be familiar to them. They will learn that these materials can be made into
many different objects, from spoons made of plastic, wood or metal or any combination of the
three, to more complex objects. They will recognise that the same material can be made into different
objects, for example, a metal can, a metal spoon and a metal car.
When working scientifically there is a strong emphasis on children using
their senses to observe closely. Children will be identifying, naming and
sorting materials as well as learning how to group and classify them using separate and overlapping
sorting rings and simple tables.