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Choosing the Right Material

Looking at how the properties of different materials suit them for different jobs.

'Choosing the Right Material' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Year:  Year 2 Science worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Uses of Everyday Materials

Curriculum subtopic:   Suitability for Purpose

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

When we are making something, it is important to choose the right materials. You could build a good strong bridge from stone, but a bridge made of chocolate wouldn’t carry much weight.

It is OK to make a house from ice if you live near the North Pole but it wouldn’t be a good idea if you lived in a rainforest.

If you are building a place to live, choosing the right material for the job is very important!

In order to decide which materials are right for each job, we have to know something about the properties of the materials. This worksheet will help to test what you know about materials and their properties.


Example question


What material is a saucepan made from?

- metal

- wood

- plastic



A saucepan would be made from metal because it is strong and hard. Metal can also be heated up very hot without melting, which is essential when cooking! 

Wood would be set on fire and plastic would melt. 

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