Science KS1/KS2: How are bricks made?

At the brick factory the children see diggers extracting clay from a quarry and the kinds of things which can be made from clay.

They meet an expert who shows them the process of making bricks, including getting rid of all the lumps in the clay; adding water to make it softer so that it can be squeezed into a mould; the importance of sand to help the clay out of the mould and the drying and firing of the bricks in a kiln.

The children also make their own bricks by hand.

This is from the series: Curious Cat TV, Bricks, Crayons

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used as part of a topic about houses and homes.

Pupils could discuss how they think bricks are made and what processes they go through.

The clip could be shown at this point and paused at each stage of the process, so pupils can take notes and create a class diagram of the process.

A discussion could follow about all the different types of buildings that are built with bricks.

You could introduce practical activities using clay by getting your pupils to create various clay objects.

They could design their own brick houses in Design and Technology and calculate how many bricks would be needed.

A bricklayer could be invited in to school to demonstrate how to build a wall.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Science at KS1 and KS2 in England and Foundation Phase in Wales.

Also Foundation and KS1 in Northern Ireland and Early/1st/2nd levels in Scotland.

More from the series: Curious Cat

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How is electricity made?
How are crayons made?
How are TV programmes made?
How is glass made?
How is paper made?
How is wool made?
How is steel made?