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Uses of Everyday Materials

This ‘Uses of Everyday Materials’ unit will teach your class about the uses of everyday materials including wood, plastic, metal, glass, brick, paper and cardboard. Children then go on to compare the suitability of different everyday materials for different purposes. They explore how objects made of some everyday materials can change shape and how the recycling process is able to reuse some everyday materials numerous times.

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Materials (Amazing Science) by Sally Hewitt

Everyday Materials (Ways into Science) by Peter Riley


Do: Sort out your household recycling into different groups - group by material or property.


Research it: Use books and the internet to research the life and work of either John Dunlop or Charles Macintosh.