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!

Fizzy water in a glass

Downloadable Worksheets

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4 glass beakers from large to small

KS1 Assessment Quiz - Glass

Test your knowledge on the science of glass.

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What is glass made from?

Image of 4 glass bottles

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What properties does glass have?

4 glass beakers from large to small

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True or False, glass is brittle.

Broken glass pane

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What does translucent mean?

Image of 4 jellyfish in dark water

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Can glass be reused?

Glass jar with nails inside and another with pennies inside

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Is it easy to recycle glass?

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The average score is 92%

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Broken glass pane

KS2 Science of Materials Glass Quiz

Test your knowledge on the science of glass.

1 / 9

What is glass made from?

Image of 4 glass bottles

2 / 9

What properties does glass have?

4 glass beakers from large to small

3 / 9

What does translucent mean?

Image of 4 jellyfish in dark water

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True or False, glass is brittle.

Broken glass pane

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Which of these objects is a light source?

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Select the correct statement about how light travels.

Image of a window overlooking houses

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Which of these is a correct statement about states of matter?

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Is it easy to recycle glass?

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Can glass be reused?

Glass jar with nails inside and another with pennies inside

Your score is

The average score is 77%

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Image of 4 glass bottles

KS3-4 Assessment Quiz - Glass

Test your knowledge of the science of glass.

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What is glass made from?

Image of 4 glass bottles

2 / 8

What properties does glass have?

4 glass beakers from large to small

3 / 8

True or False, glass is brittle.

Broken glass pane

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Which is a correct statement about refraction?

Image of Refraction

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Is it easy to recycle glass?

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How is glass of different colours made?

Image of 4 glass bottles

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How is glass of different colours separated? (Select all that could apply)

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Can glass be reused?

Glass jar with nails inside and another with pennies inside

Your score is

The average score is 71%

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