Science KS1 / KS2: How is paper made?

The children see trees in a forest before visiting a paper mill.

They meet an expert who shows them the processes involved, including logs of wood: being delivered from the forest, having their bark removed and being crushed to make pulp.

In the lab, the children are shown how this pulp is turned into paper.

They see the huge machinery and watch as the finished rolls of paper leave the production line.

Later, they return to the classroom to tell Curious Cat what they have learnt.

This is from the series: Curious Cat

Teacher Notes

Students could make recycled paper using a similar method to the one shown in the clip.

First, tear up scrap paper into pieces and soak the pieces in hot water before placing them in a blender.

Blend until the pieces become mush. Food colouring can be added at this stage for colour.

Add a few centimetres of water into a pan and put a screen into the pan, then pour one cup of the paper pulp onto the screen. Spread the pulp evenly in the water then lift the screen and let the water drain.

Once the pulp has dried it will be ready to use as paper.

The students could also design and run a campaign to conserve paper at home or in school to encourage paper recycling.

They could write persuasive letters encouraging their parents, neighbours or head teacher to back the campaign.

Curriculum Notes

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

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

More from the series: Curious Cat

Science KS1/KS2: How is wool made?
Science KS1/KS2: How is glass made?
Science KS1/KS2: How are TV programmes made?
Science KS1/KS2: How are crayons made?
Science KS1/KS2: How are bricks made?
Science KS1/KS2: What happens to our sewage?
Science KS1/KS2: How is steel made?
Science KS1/KS2: How is electricity made?