Falkirk Wheel

A short discussion topic suitable for year 2 and all of KS2 linking with the topics electricity, energy sources and sustainability, forces and forces and magnets. This is an impressive photo of the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland, the world’s only rotating boat lift. It uses balance and displacement to move canal boats.

This ten-minute activity, linking to speaking and listening, is ideal for use at the beginning of the day or during transition times, such as after lunch. Pupils will be challenged to guess what the image is by answering the questions shown on the first slide of the PowerPoint. This could be done on the whiteboard or through discussion with a partner. Once pupils have finished, click through to the next slide to reveal the answers. This discussion topic is also suitable for year 3, year 4, year 5, P3, P4, P5, P6 and P7.

Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 2
Electricity, Forces and magnets
Falkirk Wheel

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