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Curriculum content descriptions

Objects are made of materials that have observable properties (ACSSU003)

Elaborations
  • sorting and grouping materials on the basis of observable properties such as colour, texture and flexibility
  • thinking about how the materials used in buildings and shelters are suited to the local environment
  • investigating different forms of clothing used for different activities
  • comparing the traditional materials used for clothing from around the world
ScOT terms

Materials,  Properties of matter

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