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Investigating Materials: It's a Material of Opinion!

In this worksheet, students will decide on the best way to carry out investigations in order to generate useful data.

'Investigating Materials: It's a Material of Opinion!' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 Science worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Properties and Changes of Materials

Curriculum subtopic:   Comparing and Grouping Properties of Materials

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Ewan, Kirsty and Robert are conducting a series of tests on different materials. They are trying to find out whether their materials are hard or soft, magnetic or non-magnetic, absorbent or waterproof, flexible or stiff


Wooden blocks Jumper Reel of wire PLastic bucket


They are hoping to carry out several investigations and experiments to test the different properties of their materials. They will also discover that different factors can affect the results of an investigation or a test.


  • variable is a factor that can affect the outcome of an investigation or experiment.
  • All investigations have an independent variable and a dependent variable.
  • The independent variable is the one that is deliberately changed by the person carrying out the test or investigation.
  • The dependent variable is the measurement you are trying to take and record.


That all make sense?  If not, read it through again, otherwise let's get stuck into the investigation!

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