KS2 Science

Welcome to the KS2 Science area.

Here you will find two lessons that contain science teaching and learning which connect to real life challenges that the Thames Tideway Tunnel team need to work with as we plan, design and build the tunnel.

In lesson one children plan, build and test model barges using Plasticine and a small water tank. The children work in small groups to design and test hull shapes through discussion, drawing and practical work and develop the most efficient shape to carry a cargo of marbles.

They compare their different designs using a fair test and think about common features in the most successful ones, before exploring the forces that are acting on the hull to make it float. Optional extension activities contain a range of maths word problems to help them practice their numeracy skills.

Lesson two is an environmental science lesson. The class explore different habitats, flora and fauna on the River Thames and work to classify them into different groups. They create food chains and consider the prey and predator relationship. Optional extension activities involve setting up a seasonal soil or bird survey and presenting data as tally or bar charts.

CREST SuperStar award
Please note that any pupils working towards the CREST SuperStar award are eligible for a sticker/stamp for their Starlog upon completion of these activities. For more information regarding the CREST Star scheme see www.britishscienceassociation.org/crest-star.

Introducing the Thames Tideway Tunnel

Watch the video to find out why we need to clean up the River Thames.

Science KS2 Lesson 1: Build a barge practical

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Screen 1: Dimitra Koutsi video 1

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Screen 2: Types of boats

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Screen 3: Word bank

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Screen 4: Dimitra Koutsi video 2

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Screen 5.1: How does a boat float on the water?

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Screen 5.2: How does a boat float on the water?

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Screen 5.3: How does a boat float on the water?

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Screen 5.4: How does a boat float on the water? When gravity and upthrust are equal the boat floats

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Screen 6.1: Barges

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Screen 6.2: Barges

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Screen 6.3: Barges

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Screen 6.4: Barges

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Screen 7: Another way of carrying spoil

Science KS2 Lesson 2: Habitats and classification

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Screen 1a: Like any river, the River Thames changes as it flows towards the sea. You will find different habitats and plants and animals in these habitats. This habitat is upstream towards the river’s source.

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Screen 1b: This habitat is in the City of London.

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Screen 1c: This habitat is downstream towards the sea.

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Screen 2: Classifying living things.

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Screen 3: Classify these living things. Drag each one into the right column.

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Screen 4: Drag one living thing into each place.

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Screen 5: Classifying living things.

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Screen 6: Watch the video to find out why we need to clean up the River Thames.

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Screen 7: What could you do to help the River Thames stay clean and safe for wildlife?