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Book 32: Introducing Metals: The Properties and Uses of Common Metals

Levels: 1-2
Contextual strands: Material world icon. Material world


Children become familiar with certain metals and some of their uses at a relatively young age, so metals are a popular topic of study in school science. Some properties that make metals useful are easily observed and readily investigated, and this book offers young children opportunities to explore them. Ideas about the origins of metals and the ways in which people modify them are the focus of the level 3 and 4 companion book Working with Metals (Book 33).

Concept overview

Use the concept overview, which is also on the inside front cover of the book, as a reference for the concepts that relate to Introducing Metals: The Properties and Uses of Common Metals.

PDF icon. Read the concept overview (PDF 66 KB)

Links with other titles in the series

The companion book is:

This book and Working with Metals have strong links with Aluminium:

  • Book 13: Aluminium (L3–4, Material World, Planet Earth and Beyond)
    the metal's extraction, properties, and uses

It also has links with various other books in this series:

Assessment resources

Search the science section of the Assessment Resource Banks (ARB) website to find resources that assess the 'big idea' learning outcomes referred to in the concept overview for this title.