Bend, Stretch or Squash

The children in Year 2 have been finding out how the shape of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by bending, squashing and stretching.

First the children explored the classroom to find objects to sort into groups with the headings: bends, squashes, stretches. They discovered that there were lots of interesting objects within the classroom that could be sorted.

It didn’t take long for the children to realise that some of the objects could be sorted under more than one heading, whilst others could not be sorted into any of the groups.

The children discussed the reasons why some materials could be sorted and some couldn’t

They used the words flexible and rigid to solve the problem.  The materials that were rigid could not be bent, squashed or stretched, whilst those that were flexible could be.