Map of Brunel’s GWR (attached)
Small model train track.
Blank Brunel Concept map (attached)
Information sheets (attached)
Sugar paper + marker pens.
Chn present their research into each site.
Chn complete their Brunel GWR site map.
Q- What did Brunel do for our railway system?
Final assessment – give chn a blank Brunel concept map. Ask them to complete it with as much information as they can remember about Brunel and his achievements.
Explain to the chn that Brunel is responsible for a piece of engineering at each of the numbered places.
They will be working in a group research one of the points. They will be given images, information sheets, books and will be expected to give a short presentation about their site to the class in 20 minutes.
Explain that in the plenary each group will present their findings to the class. When listening everyone will need to label their GWR map with each site.
Q- How can the train get from one side to the other?
What if there was a large hill between the 2 tracks that the train cannot go up?
Show map of Brunel’s GWR with numbered key points of reference.
Q- What does this map show?
Q- How do you think this is related to Brunel?
Show chn a small model train set and have a chn push a train around the track.
Explain that Brunel used all the Elli dimensions in his engineering. He had to be creative when solving lots of problems.
Split the track in 2 and say that there is now a river between the 2 tracks.
3. What did Brunel do for the railways?
Whole class teaching