Properties of Materials Worksheets

The Science of Materials allows us to find out what stuff is made of and their properties. It determines what we use for what purpose, ie. not using chocolate to make teapots or concrete to make trampolines!

The activity described in the worksheet below allows KS2 students to test a variety of materials and record the properties of each of a range of samples. This is the activity that our Waste Education Team deliver on our Free School Trips.

Material scientists use the properties of materials to sort out recycling too – find out how in the video below about Material Recycling Facilities – see if you can spot all of the properties used to sort out diferent materials into clean streams for recycling into new stuff.

Downloadable Worksheet

Video Link to Properties of Materials

Compost Curriculum

Compost Curriculum Handbook

It doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner, or a seasoned rotter; whether you have a ‘state of the art’ composter, or a neglected plastic ‘Dalek’ in the corner of the playground.

This handbook supports teachers to use composting as an inspiring teaching resource throughout the school year. For each month it contains a curriculum-linked KS2 lesson plan and an Eco Team activity, plus a wealth of supporting documents to bring composting to life for adults and pupils.

Cardboard Worksheets

Cardboard is one of the most useful materials in our modern world. Light, adaptable, cheap to make and easy to reuse or recycle it is ideal for jobs such as food packaging and parcel delivery. The science of materials  helps understand the life cycle, properties and recycling. These investigations will help students understand how to recycle materials safely and sustainably at the end of their lives.

The worksheets on this page will help young people understand the science behind the adaptable and useful material that is cardboard.

To find out more about card and cardboard visit our materials webpage.

Pile of cardboard

Downloadable Worksheets