THE POWER OF STEAM
Designed to support a school trip to Isle of Wight Steam Railway
SCIENCE Upper Key Stage 2
Variants: Low Ability students | High Ability students
Properties and Changes of Materials
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Students can explore the steam elements of the locomotive and how the water changes into steam, identifying the basic elements of the process. They can see the water being added at the station, witness the coal fire being stoked, and the resultant expansion of the steam being harnessed to provide traction.
This resource is for upper key stage 2 students who are covering ‘Properties and Changes of Materials’ in Year 5 as part of the compulsory science element of the National Curriculum. It allows students who visit Isle of Wight Steam Railway to engage with the scientific concepts and the engineering aspects of these within the railway environment.
This task can be introduced to students before their visit to Isle of Wight Steam Railway; it would be particularly useful if they have done some basic work on heating/cooling and the effects of heating on water. Teachers could show them a basic steam engine diagram or animation ahead of the visit. When on site at the railway, students can then complete the questions on the sheet as they move around the venue. This will focus students’ attention on the key areas for learning.
Key Skills Practised
Understanding the properties of materials and how they change
How forces are created using heat
How energy is created
This resource in use on a school trip.
Students could learn the basics of heating and cooling, and the effects of these on materials, to allow them to engage with the resource at Isle of Wight Steam Railway most effectively.
During the Visit
Completion of Science KS2 Properties and Changes of Materials / Changing Materials at Isle of Wight Steam Railway resource linked to this document
Why not complete this resource on a day trip?
The Isle of Wight can be reached in as little as 12 minutes! If you're located close to the south coast then a day trip is easily achievable...
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Step back in time to the golden age of steam at Isle of Wight Steam Railway! A potted history of the Island's railways from Victorian times to the present day.
Follow-up tasks could include: Class discussion, Q&A etc. of how they saw the water become steam, and how they think this powered the train; Completion of labelled diagrams, PowerPoint slides, or animations showing these examples; Finding other examples of where water becomes steam in the everyday world
Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how water is converted into steam and then harnessed to move the locomotive and train at Isle of Wight Steam Railway. They will be able to understand that steam trains need water, fuel and fire to be able to move, and that this is a complex process.
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