Mini Water Wheel

Make a mini water wheel and bring local history to life!

Years: 3, 4, 5, 6

Duration: 60mins

Curriculum Objectives: 14

Subjects: D&T, History, Science

Resource Overview

Bring local history to life by creating a Mini Water Wheel in your very own school grounds. This activity is great for helping children build a sense of place and engaging every child in the class. Many thanks for Learning through Landscapes for sharing this resource!

Resource Assets


Mini Water Wheel

Use this great outdoor activity to learn about local history through a science, design or technology lesson by creating a mini water wheel!

Curriculum Objectives

  • Apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
  • Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities
  • Key Stage 2 (Age 7-11)
    • Key Stage 2 (Age 7-11)
      • Year 4 (Age 8-9)
        • Year 3 (Age 7-8)
          • Ask relevant questions and use different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
          • Make systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, take accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers
          • Set up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
      • Year 6 (Age 10-11)
        • Year 5 (Age 9-10)
          • Plan different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary
          • Take measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate
  • Year 4 (Age 8-9)
    • Gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions.