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What Things Are Made Of

This half term we will be focussing on Materials in science, and writing biographies of the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. We will look at bridges and other structures in the local area and learn how to build structures, and how to make the materials we use stronger and more stable, if necessary.



  • Sort objects by material
  • Differentiate between an object and the material it is made of (eg plastic / wood / metal spoons)
  • Learn the names of, and to identify plastic, glass, metal, wood, water and rock
  • Some of us may progress onto changing materials by stretching, squeezing and squashing



  • Identifying the features of non-fiction texts
  • What is a fact?
  • Asking and answering questions
  • Writing a biography



  • Explore a range existing of free-standing structures
  • Developing design criteria
  • Communicate ideas through drawings and mock-ups
  • Plan how to make the design
  • Make the design, using tools and a range of materials chosen for suitability
  • Evaluate the finished object against the design criteria

Week 1 - a short week because of the snow!