top of page
Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)




Through sorting, testing, and other hands-on activities, pupils learn about the origin and properties of different materials. As in the KS1 workshop we then look at changing materials with a hands-on examples (solid to solid or liquid + solid to gas). For years 5 and 6 we also discuss changes of state and methods of separating materials.


Curriculum Links


  • States of matter - Compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solid, liquids or gas.

  • States of matter - Observe that some materials changes state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees celsius.

  • Properties and changes of materials - Compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets.

  • Properties and changes of materials - Know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution. 

  • Properties and changes of materials - Use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating.

  • Properties and changes of materials - Explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.


Available all year round

bottom of page