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Building bridges

Feel the forces involved in bridges – literally! Discover what tension and compression mean as you become part of a bridge.

Term time, Mondays to Fridays
10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 14.30, 15.30 & 16.30
Length: 40 mins
Key Stage 2
Learning Platform

Discover which bridges are best for railways – and how Brunel used them.

Curriculum links - KS2


Ideas and evidence in science
1. Pupils should be taught:
a. that science is about thinking creatively to try to explain how living and non-living things work, and to establish links between causes and effects

Forces and motion
2. Pupils should be taught:
Types of force
d. that when objects [for example, a spring, a table] are pushed or pulled, an opposing pull or push can be felt
e. How to measure forces and identify the direction in which they act.


Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past
2. Pupils should be taught:
a. about characteristic features of the periods and societies studied, including the ideas, beliefs, attitudes and experiences of men, women and children in the past
b. about the social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity of the societies studied, in Britain and the wider world
c. to identify and describe reasons for, and results of, historical events, situations, and changes in the periods studied
d. to describe and make links between the main events, situations and changes within and across the different periods and societies studied.

Victorian Britain
11a. A study of the impact of significant individuals, events and changes in work and transport on the lives of men, women and children from different sections of society. e.g. Isambard Kingdom Brunel, impact of changes to work and transport – rail.

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