Schools in England are under the Key Stage system. In Key Stage 2 (KS2), the children's ages are from 7 to 11 years old, and arts and sciences must be part of their curriculum. A portion of the technology group involves teaching them about the world around them, including waterways, a significant part of which is bridges. Different schools teach children about bridges in different ways, but the end result is that children gain a new-found understanding of how bridges work.
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Wild Over Waterways Bridges
The educational group Wild Over Waterways recommends a lesson plan for KS2 bridge building and design. Children are placed into groups; the groups look at pictures of real bridges and design their bridges accordingly, building various bridges with paper, cardboard and tape. The bridges are tested by applying weights until they collapse. The children also write reports on the bridges.
Museum of London Bridges
The Museum of London staff urges children in the KS2 group to design and build their own bridges using one sheet of paper and paper clips. The criteria are that each bridge must hold 100 pennies and cannot be taped down to the end supports. The museum recommends that children look at pictures of bridges and design theirs accordingly.
London Canal Museum Bridges
The London Canal Museum offers workshops to teachers and students about bridges. These hands-on learning activities teach children about England's canal system and how bridges are used extensively to cross canals. Some of the interactive workshops include digging tunnels in sand to simulate bridges.
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