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Water for Industry

  • Age range: 9-11 years
  • Science topic: Materials
  • Type of enquiry: Comparative/fair tests, Grouping and classifying, Observing changes over time

This resource provides an opportunity of children to learn about the story of water as it travels from a reservoir, around an industrial site and back to a river. The activities are put into a context using a letter from a fictitious oil company. In the letter, the site engineer describes some problems that the company are having, and asks the ‘consultants’ for help to solve their problems.

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Pick a piece of pipe

Science topic: Materials
Type of enquiry: Comparative/fair tests
Keywords: Y5, properties of materials, problem solving, STEM, comparative test, variables

Testing aluminium, steel and a plastic for rusting when exposed to water. Children test materials for their resistance to corrosion. Using this knowledge, they choose a material for constructing a pipeline for the water.


A leaky line

Science topic: Materials
Type of enquiry: Comparative/fair tests
Keywords: Y5, properties of materials, problem solving, STEM, comparative test, variables, precise measurements, waterproof

Investigating sealants to choose the most suitable for joining a pipeline that will carry water. The problem of sealing sections of pipeline is tackled. Children investigate the effectiveness of a variety of sealants to join ‘pipes’.


Filter fun!

Science topic: Materials
Type of enquiry: Comparative/fair tests
Keywords: Y5, properties of materials, problem solving, STEM, comparative test, variables, precise measurements, filtration, filtering, solid, liquid, separation, mixture

A challenge to find the most efficient filter(s) to treat a sample of ‘reservoir’ water. Before use on the industrial site the water must first be treated. Children use filtration techniques to obtain cleaner water.


That's cool!

Science topic: Materials
Type of enquiry: Observing changes over time
Keywords: Y5, properties of materials, problem solving, STEM, precise measurements, temperature, thermometer

Children model an industrial heat exchanger and investigate the temperature changes that can occur during this heat transfer.


A neutral mixture

Science topic: Materials
Type of enquiry: Grouping and classifying
Keywords: Y5, properties of materials, problem solving, STEM, precise measurements, acid, alkaline, neutral

Children investigate the classification of liquids using the pH scale, and try to neutralise a sample of alkaline water.


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