This project teaches children about the physical and human features of coastal regions across the United Kingdom, including a detailed exploration of the coastal town of Whitby, in Yorkshire.
This afternoon we worked in groups to make a salty solution to mimic seawater. We placed different materials into bottles and created 'waves' by shaking the bottle. We are going to observe the bottles over the next six weeks and see which materials degrade more quickly.
Today we have been learning about coastal erosion and the affect waves have when they hit the coastline. To demonstrate this we created a mini coastline in a tray - one with rip-rap (large rocks) and one without.
This project teaches children about making and strengthening structures, including different ways of joining materials.
Firstly we learnt how to construct simple models using a range of materials. We know that different materials can be used for different purposes, depending on their properties. For example, cardboard is a stronger building material than paper.
Next we worked in groups to make a simple box frame. We explored how a structure can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable. Once one side of the frame was complete, we designed our beach hut; we thought carefully about the materials we were going to use and how different materials are suitable for different purposes, depending on their specific properties.
Finally we created the basic 3-D box frame for a beach hut by carefully measuring and sawing the pine stripwood to the correct lengths and using glue and card corners to create strong joints. When dry, we made the walls and roof, using the materials provided.