Year 1

Bend it! Stretch it!

Some things can be bent, some things can be stretched, some things can be folded, some things can be cut... How a material can be changed depends on what it’s made of. Explore how everyday materials can be physically changed.

Bend it! Stretch it! addresses the AC Science Understanding ACSSU018 Everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways, in the context of manipulating familiar materials like paper, plastic, metal, and playdough.

Explore our new sequences for Year 1 aligned to AC V9

Bend it! Stretch it! provides students with hands-on opportunities to:

  • explore how to use twisting, stretching, scrunching and bending to physically change the shape of everyday materials
  • observe how the properties of familiar materials might change under different conditions
  • consider why some physical changes do not last

Students apply their new learning by:

  • planning and conducting an investigation about the effect of heat on the ability to shape playdough

Linking science with literacy

In the Primary Connections approach, students are supported to create representations that draw on and strengthen their literacy development. In Bend it! Stretch it!, students represent and explain their understanding about how everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways, by creating these representations:

  • Data table
  • Annotated
  • Drawing
  • Flow chart
  • Word wall

This is a classic Primary Connections sequence aligned with the Australian Curriculum V8.4. It is only available as a downloadable package.

The Bend it! Stretch it! sequence package includes all the resources you need to teach this sequence, including:

  • The Bend it! Stretch it! unit PDF
  • Equipment list
  • Australian Curriculum v8.4 alignment
  • Student eResource sheets
  • Assessment resources:
    • Assessment rubrics
    • Work samples
    • Student self-assessment
    • Achievement standard class checklist

Teacher tools

Our new all-online sequence Take, shape and create shares a curriculum content descriptor with this sequence. Take, shape and create is aligned to the Australian Curriculum V9 and contains embedded professional learning and supplementary teacher advice.

Year 2

Take, shape and create

Students learn about the properties of materials and how materials can be physically changed without changing their inherent properties. They apply this knowledge to design and make a 3D sculpture using repurposed everyday materials.