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How is plastic recycled? And is all recycling a good thing? Just two of the themes covered in this KS2 lesson about properties and changes in materials.

This lesson has a linked Lesson Resource file.

Curriculum coverage


Working Scientifically

  • identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments

Properties and changes in materials

  • compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets
  • demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes

Learning objectives

Understand and describe the process by which plastic is recycled

Consider whether all recycling is positive

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