Aims and objectives
This resource provides a virtual visit to an historic, working water
mill. The background information provides a useful historical source
while the detailed animations illustrate the mechanical principles.
This is a self-contained resource and so requires no real previous
knowledge, however, a broad historical and industrial introduction
would be useful in order to set a context.
In the classroom
The activity can be used for developing an understanding of how
a water mill functions based on the historic Sarehole Mill (the
influence behind Tolkien’s stories). The animations within
the activity demonstrate a number of principals which support the
D&T programmes of study such as gears and power transfer. The
animations also provide useful models for classroom projects in
designing and making activities. Sarehole Mill also provides an
historical link through its changes of usage over the centuries.
For pupils studying the Victorians or the Industrial Revolution
the background information within the activity provides a contextual
framework and a stimulating reference source.
The animations contained in the activity provide a strong visual
reinforcement to the mechanics of a water mill. If used with an
interactive whiteboard then they can be used as excellent whole
class models to demonstrate and explore a variety of D&T issues.
|Support materials description:
|The first sarehole_mill_teacher.pdf is a teacher
resource pack created by Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
to support the KS2/3 study of a working water mill. The resource
covers materials and mechanical functions as well as giving
a complete social history. Although this resource is valuable
as a study aid for either a pre- or post-visit to the site,
the structure of the contents make it just a useful as a classroom
resource if used in conjunction with the activity.
The second sarehole_mill.pdf is a history of Sarehole Mill
from its origins to the late 1960s. This is a valuable secondary
source piece of evidence for use in the history curriculum.
History – KS2:
2a-d; 3; 4a-b; 5c; 8a; 11a
History – KS3:
2a-e; 3a-b; 4a-b; 5c; 7a, b; 10
D&T – KS2:
1a-d; 2a, b, d, e; 3a, b; 4a, b, c; 5b, c
D&T – KS3:
1a, b, c, d, f, g, h; 2a, b, c; 3a-c; 4a, b; 5d, e; 6a-c; 7c