Year 4: Invention of the sewage system

An explanation text for year 4 about the Victorian invention of London’s sewerage system by Joseph Bazalgette. He designed a network of wide brick-walled sewers that collected dirty water from street sewers and underground rivers, carrying it further down the Thames so it could be washed out to sea. The low-level sewers were housed inside newly built embankments. They also cleaned up the riverbanks and changed the way London looked forever.

This downloadable reading pack includes:

  • An A3 reading spread for you to print.
  • Reading comprehension question sheets, differentiated using our magnifying glasses key (on the bottom right). One magnifying glass indicates easier and two means harder.
  • An answer sheet including the objective for each question, which is taken from the reading national curriculum.
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Created: Oct 16, 2018

Updated: Mar 6, 2019


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