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Properties of materials – KS2 science lesson plan

Key Stage



Years 3-6


Use the hook of the chance to squirt teachers with water in this fun lesson from Adam Jevons-Newman.

Ever considered what makes a really great coat? This is an engaging and memorable investigative lesson to explore exactly and strikes a delicate balance between helping pupils practise some crucial scientific reasoning and investigation skills and giving them the chance to temporarily forget it all in the pursuit of some rather soggy revenge on you, the teacher!

In this lesson, children will investigate the properties of materials against a criteria, including waterproofing, before carrying out a potentially hilarious investigation which they’re sure to savour. Hairdryer optional!

Curriculum links

  • How to design and carry out investigations to answer questions
  • About the properties of materials
  • How to make reasoned, comparative judgements
  • Recognise the rationale behind uses of materials in everyday objects

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  • Full PDF lesson plan

Adam Jevons-Newman is KS2 and curriculum leader at Farmilo Primary School and Nursery in Nottinghamshire. Follow him on Twitter at @3edmigos.

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