Year 1 Spring 1: Everyday Materials - Let's Build

Explore different materials and sort them into groups before writing songs based on their properties! Consider what it would be like if the tables were made of jelly or the chairs were chocolate! Then recreate the story of the three little pigs and predict what will happen to their houses.

Hamilton’s science scheme provides children with a broad but comprehensive experience of primary science that systematically covers all of the National Curriculum for England objectives. Each year group is split into 6 blocks of 6 sessions, each of which can be completed within a half-term. We present them in a recommended teaching order, but you may adapt this to fit your requirements. Working scientifically, investigations and meaningful outcomes are fully incorporated in each block.

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Supporting documents for science
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01: What materials can we find?

Play 'I-Spy the Material' game in the classroom, before discussing why different materials have been used. Sort items according to their properties and consider what it would be like if the tables were made of jelly or the chairs were chocolate!

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02: Matching materials!

Think carefully about the different materials and their properties, and play games in pairs with items from the classroom. Write songs based on the properties in materials and sing together at the end of the session!

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03: Magnets and metal

Play with magnets and explore their properties. Discover what's attracted to them and why. Create games using the magnets and metal objects in the classroom.

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04: Sorting objects

Play 'Odd One Out' by carefully considering the properties of some objects, sort objects in the classroom and then have fun imagining a world where nothing was rigid!

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05: The three little pigs and their building choices

Listen to the story of the three little pigs and, in small groups, recreate using straw, twigs and bricks. Make predictions and a video.

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06: The alternative three little pigs

Using alternative building materials, recreate the story of the three little pigs and predict what will happen to their houses!