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KS2 Science - Materials: Visiting a Watermill



This programme begins with Year 3 class teacher Clare James, from Canterbury Cross Primary in Birmingham, and Jane Turner from the Science Learning Centre on their way to Sarehole Mill in Hall Green. The purpose of their visit is to see if the water mill might be a suitable location for a Key Stage 2 science lesson on materials.

The mill contains a wealth of different materials for the children to discover in an interesting and stimulating setting. Clare and Jane discuss the pros, cons and pitfalls of such a visit and Clare enlists the help of the mill's education officer Elfyn Morris to assist her on the day.

When the children arrive they are given a "material trail worksheet" to help them conduct their investigations. They are also encouraged to ask questions about the materials they find around them.

The programme concludes with Clare and Jane looking back on how the day has gone and assessing how successful the visit has been in meeting the learning objectives.


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