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Glass Worksheets

We all rely on the science of materials every day as it tells us which are the best materials to use for different things – like not using chocolate to make teapots, or glass to make trampolines. It also shows us how to dispose or recycle items safely and sustainably at the end of their lives.

Glass is used to carry and transport liquids and solids, make windows and decoratively in vases, figurines, jewellery and as stained glass. It is extremely unreactive, being a type of silicon-based ceramic, making it ideal for holding food and drink. It is heavy and brittle, but can be recycled endlessly, without losing quality, as long as colours are separated.

Glass can be recycled everywhere in Devon. Most districts collect glass in kerbside collections (see our District Recycling Sheets) while glass can be taken to banks at recycling centres. Find your nearest one on our main Recycling website.

The worksheets on this page will help young people understand the science behind glass. We hope doing these activities will create better scientists and more critical thinkers. We know the wicked problems (complex and difficult issues like climate change and biodiversity loss) we are leaving the next generation will need some innovative thinking to solve them!

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Downloadable Worksheets




Metals Worksheets KS2

Downloadable Worksheets

Metals Worksheets


The science of materials is the basis of much recycling knowledge and helps scientists work out how to recycle stuff better. Many of the sorting machines used to separate out recycling rely on scientific principles; for example, metals are separated using magnets.

Metals can be recycled everywhere in Devon. Cans and tins are recycled in kerbside collections (see our District Recycling Sheets) while larger metal household objects can be taken to local Recycling Centres. Find your nearest one on our main Recycling website.

The worksheets on this page will help young people understand the science of the material called metal. We hope doing these activities will create better scientists and more critical thinkers. We know the wicked problems (complex and difficult issues like climate change and biodiversity loss) we are leaving the next generation will need some innovative thinking to solve them!

Downloadable Worksheets

Metal Quizzes





Children digging compost in a school garden

Composting

Turning twigs, leaves and bits of vegetables and fruit into gorgeous rich compost which helps plants grow is one of the natural world’s magic tricks! Learn how with our wonderful collection of hint, tips and videos below, including from Devon’s very own Dr Compost – Nicky Scott.

Composting is really good for the environment as it recycles nutrients so plants can use them again. If you’re a school it could also save you money by reducing the cost of someone picking up your bin. Devon has supported schools for many years to compost their cooked food waste as well as peels and cores.

Composting can also be a fantastic learning resource which can support many curriculum areas. It can get kids out of the classroom, learning practical, useful science. Whether your topic is minibeasts, habitats, micro-organisms or global warming, your compost bin can provide hands-on learning opportunities for pupils of all ages.