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!


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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.