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Volume and Capacity Maths Investigation – Splash World

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 15 pages | Years: 6

A mathematics investigation about volume and capacity, embedded in a real-world context.

This open-ended mathematics investigation has been designed to deepen students’ understanding of volume and capacity.

Design a Water Park

In this investigation, students must use their knowledge and understanding of volume and capacity to design a unique water park according to specific criteria. Students follow the procedure outlined in the investigation to determine the starting capacity of the water park’s pool.

Convert Volume to Capacity

Students will need to convert volume units to the equivalent capacity units to determine the finishing capacity of the pool once all attractions have been placed.

Budget and Present Findings

Once students have recorded the budget breakdown and determined the pool’s final capacity they consolidate this information on a final report page.

This teaching resource includes:

  • a detailed description of the investigation for students, including step-by-step instructions
  • Splash World blueprints and attraction catalogues
  • various recording worksheets and planning templates
  • three extension tasks
  • an answer sheet for the pool’s starting capacity task
  • award badges to be placed on student work when they complete the main task and each extension task.


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  • Wilson Yao

    Can i have a image for the splash world answer sheet??

    • Paul (Teach Starter)

      Hi ​Wilson, Thanks for getting in touch. The resource preview function is now a premium feature, available only on a paid subscription. To subscribe to a Plus plan now, visit teachstarter.com/plans. Please let me know if I can help with anything else!

  • Camille Davies

    Are there answers for the extensions?

    • Paul (Teach Starter)

      Hi Camille, The extension tasks are more open-ended and will be dependent on the design choices of the students, therefore it is difficult to issue an answers sheet that will account for all the possible variations. If there is a specific question or sample answer you would like us to look at, please don't hesitate to get in touch at [email protected]

  • Belinda Bunter

    This investigation look fantastic. I'll be sure to let you know how my year 6 students go with it. It looks challenging. Thank you Teacherstarter!

    • Stephanie (Teach Starter)

      Hi there Belinda, thank you so much for your positive feedback. I must admit that our maths investigations are one of my favourite resources that we create here at Teach Starter! They are so wonderful for encouraging creative and open-ended thinking. Please let us know how your students go with the task, we would love to hear about it!

  • Nicole Douglas

    Would love to see student work examples to go along with a task like this. :)

    • Emily Law

      I would also like to see some work samples, did you have any sent through at all?

    • Paul (Teach Starter)

      Hi Nicole, Thank you for your comment! Fellow Teach Starter members, do you have some student work examples for Splash World that you would be willing to share? Let us know by replying to this comment or by getting in touch with us at [email protected]

  • Jan Riley

    Looks fabulous.......an engaging maths investigation.......will use it with my class! Thank you for your efforts in designing this project!

    • Tom (Teach Starter)

      Hi Jan, Thank you so much for your lovely comment! We had a lot of fun creating this resource and I am sure each of your students will enjoy designing their very own water park! If we can help with anything else, please don't hesitate to contact us!