Wool is a good insulator. It keeps the heat in.


This quiz addresses part of the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 Design and Technology for children aged 5 and 6 in years 1 and 2. Specifically it looks at different materials and their uses, and also how structures are made stronger. It is one of 10 quizzes to help you with designing and making useful things, and finding out about how things are made.

What are things made from? Why are a lot of houses built with bricks? Why are most shoes made from plastic and leather? Why are car engines made from metal? This quiz looks at different types of materials and their uses. It also looks at how buildings and other structures are made stronger.

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  1. Which one of these materials might be used to build a real bridge?
    What else can be used to build bridges? - Metal and concrete
  2. Why are stone, concrete or metal used to build bridges?
    What are bridges used to cross?
  3. Tom’s Dad is building a rabbit hutch. What material does he use to build the hutch?
    How will Tom’s Dad join the pieces of wood together?
  4. Katie and Ella are building model towers with card. Ella puts lots of folds into her card. Why does she do this?
    Round tubes are also stronger
  5. Harry’s Dad is an engineer. He is helping to build a tall wall from concrete. He puts metal rods into the concrete. Why does he add metal rods to the concrete?
    This is called reinforced concrete
  6. Jack’s shoes fasten with a Velcro strap. The Velcro has lots of tiny hooks. The Velcro makes a ripping noise when Jack pulls the strap open. Why is Velcro such a handy material for this job?
    Do you have laces on any of your shoes? Are you good at tying laces?
  7. A spider’s web is very light but surprisingly strong. What helps to make it strong?
    Why do spiders make webs?
  8. There are railings outside Sam’s school. The railings are made of iron. The caretaker is painting the railings. Why is the caretaker painting the railings?
    Painting the railings does make them look nice, but the main job of the paint is to stop the railings rusting
  9. Harriet is designing a blanket for a baby. Harriet decides to make the blanket from wool. Why does Harriet choose to use wool?
    Wool is a good insulator - it keeps the heat in
  10. Sunil is designing a greenhouse. Plants will grow in the greenhouse. Sunil chooses to use glass for the windows of the greenhouse. Why does Sunil choose glass?
    Glass is transparent - it will let the sunlight through

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