12. The Force of the River

By Martin Crabbe | March 11 2019

12. The Force of the River

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    Climate Action 12 (#Love London. Love the World.)

    Target audience: Key Stage 3 Physics students

    1. The Force Of The River (Physics)

    The Thames is a working river, providing transport, trade and of course water to London but also presenting significant engineering challenges, such as defence of the city from flooding. This unit covers the topics of pressure in liquids and gases and simple machines from the key stage 3 science curriculum and uses a range of real life examples focused on the River Thames and London’s other waterways to bring the topics to life. Using this context, students will see how their scientific understanding can be applied through calculation, to tell them about the world.

    Through the examples and the visits they will see that this is at the core of designing and engineering small-scale structures such as locks and even divers’ helmets to large-scale structures such as the Thames Barrier, Tower Bridge, cranes for lifting cargo in London’s Docklands and the huge container ships and barges that sail in and out of the city.

    A range of potential educational visits are suggested to build on their learning in the classroom, including the Thames Barrier, the London Museum of Water and river walks on the Thames path or on local waterways. Students’ knowledge will be connected by designing a barrier to defend against flood risks predicted for the future.

    Special mention to the Museum of London and U.C.L. (Institute of Education).

    Click here to go to the resource ‘The force of the river’

    1. Focus on Global 13: Climate Action
    • Read the comic strip below: it considers Global Goal 13 which focuses specifically on Climate Action.
    • Which aspects of section 1 (above) address this Climate Action goal?

    1. Background to this resource

    This project aims to:

    1. Connect London’s schools to great resources based on their city and
    2. To suggest ways to introduce a global perspective to their work.

    Each blog will be based on two major curriculum resources available freely to teachers:

    1. The London Curriculum– developed by experts in their field working in partnership with the Mayor of London and his Education and Youth team.
    2. The World’s Largest Lesson– produced by Project Everyone in partnership with Unicef to help schools address three major challenges:
    • End extreme poverty
    • Fight inequality and injustice
    • Tackle climate change

    Each blog will aim to provide ways for teachers to reflect on these big issues through their own contexts, subject areas and from a London perspective.

    Thanks to the teams at City Hall and Project Everyone for providing these great resources. Some of my blog has been adapted from their websites.


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