Loading please wait

The smart way to improve grades

Comprehensive & curriculum aligned

Try an activity or get started for free

Non-reversible Changes

In this worksheet, students will recognise when the changes we make to materials result in the formation of a new material and how to identify some common materials around us which are the products of non-reversible changes

'Non-reversible Changes' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Properties and Changes of Materials

Curriculum subtopic:   Non-reversible Changes

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Melting and freezing are REVERSIBLE changes. This means that if we undo the change, we can get back the materials we started with.  A good example of this is ICE and WATER.

Remember that in Science, MATERIAL means any solid, liquid or gas that you can detect using your senses!  Non-reversible changes result in a NEW and DIFFERENT material.


Birthday cake

Birthday cake is a good example of a NEW MATERIAL.  We mix together eggs, butter, flour and sugar, add heat and enjoy!  BUT... we cannot reverse the changes. 'Cake' cannot be changed back into the ingredients we started with. We wouldn't want to anyway!


Many non-reversible changes are caused by HEATING.  So, let's find out about non-reversible changes...

What is EdPlace?

We're your National Curriculum aligned online education content provider helping each child succeed in English, maths and science from year 1 to GCSE. With an EdPlace account you’ll be able to track and measure progress, helping each child achieve their best. We build confidence and attainment by personalising each child’s learning at a level that suits them.

Get started

Try an activity or get started for free

  • educational
  • bettfutures
  • cxa
  • pta
  • era2016
  • BDA award
  • Explore LearningTuition Partner
  • tacm