Water pump investigation

An investigation for year 2 and P3, linking to the topics everyday materials and properties and uses of substances. Pupils will make a simple water pump and observe how it works. This activity can be turned into an investigation by either changing the level of the water, the length of the straw, how much air is put in the balloon or the size of the bottle. This lesson links well with the historical event taught in KS1 The Great Fire of London.

This pack includes:

  • A differentiated lesson plan
  • A PowerPoint presentation entitled ‘Fire, Fire!’
  • Printable instructions to make the water pump
  • A class investigation planning sheet
  • A fire safety board game

Simple to resource! The items you will need:

  • Plastic bottles
  • Straws
  • Sticky tack
  • Drawing pins
  • Masking tape
  • Balloons
Year 2
Everyday materials
Water pump investigation

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