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Materials: Lesson and Review

From Teachers TV, this video looks at a Key Stage Two science lesson devised by Year Three class teacher Clare James.

The lesson was inspired by visits the children made to a working water mill. Clare brings the outside environment into the school by inviting mill education officer Elfyn Morris into the classroom with his model water wheel and grindstone. Clare also enlists the help of Jane Turner from her regional Science Learning Centre.

The lesson consists of a selection of activities, including:
• A clay table which the children can use to replicate the textures of materials they found at the mill
• A scratch test table where children investigate the hardness of different materials
• A display of photographs and drawings showing what the children have learned
• The children report back and demonstrate their findings to each other

The video concludes with a review and analysis of how the lesson went, with discussion about what worked well and what could be improved for next time.

A video of the visit to the water mill can be seen at: Key Stage Two Materials

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