Here are some downloadable lesson plans that can either be used pre visit, or as follow up work back at school. They link to the workshops available in the museum and link to the National Curriculum.
Canals may be beautiful, but they are entirely artificial. They don't normally flow or flood, and navigation is their reason for being there.
This lesson gives children the opportunity to investigate some of the differences between canals & rivers. They will learn what the words 'natural' and 'man made' mean, how rivers are created as surface water runs to the sea, and why canals were built. They will learn to identify some of the major features of both by name.
KS2 Geography :Geographical Enquiry & Skills 2) In developing geographical skills, pupils should be taught: (a) to use appropriate geographical vocabulary Knowledge and understanding of patterns and processes 4 (a)Pupils should be taught to: recognise and explain patterns made by individual physical and human features in the environment (b) recognise some physical and human processes and explain how these can cause changes in places and environments 6) During the key stage, pupils should be taught the Knowledge, skills and understanding through .. three themes: (c)water and its effects on landscapes and people, including the physical features of rivers .or coasts, and the processes of erosion and deposition that affect them.
This lesson explores how the canals were built, the people who built them and the techniques involved in keeping them watertight.
For historical background on the role of navvies in canal building we also have a Navvies Information Sheet. (PDF format)
This lesson looks at the history of the Battlebridge Basin and its surroundings over the past 200 years. It traces the changes patterns of land use in the area, from the time when Battlebridge was a village in open countryside, through the construction of the canal and period of rapid urbanisation to the regeneration of the 21st century.
History: Historical enquiry 4 Local history study 7 QCA Schemes of Work History Unit 12 How did life change in our locality in Victorian times? QCA Schemes of Work Unit 18 What was it like to live here in the past?
This lesson introduces the concept of forces in the canal environment, and how they were, and are, used to move boats, and operate locks It explains the concept of opposing forces (such as buoyancy & gravity).
NB:This lesson would make an ideal complement to the practical workshop offered by the Museum on 'Floating & Sinking
This lesson tells the story of the construction of the Islington Tunnel on the Regent's Canal, from 1812 onwards. It describes some of the difficulties encountered, both physical and financial. It gives children an opportunity to calculate what some of the building costs were, and why the construction ran into financial difficulties. Includes an educational board game
KS2 History : Local history study 7) A study investigating how an aspect in the local area has changed over a long period of time, or how the locality was affected by a significant national or local event or development or by the work of a significant individual.
KS2 Mathematics Ma2 Number & Algebra Solving numerical problems 4) Pupils should be taught to: (a) choose, use and combine any of the four number operations to solve word problems involving numbers in 'real life' (b) choose and use an appropriate way to calculate and explain their methods and reasoning Breadth of study 1) During the key stage, pupils should be taught the Knowledge, skills and understanding through: (b) approximating and estimating more systematically in their work in mathematics (h)using mathematics in their work in other subjects.