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A Bristol Mystery

Multiple locations Classroom
Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to explain how a key event in engineering history has shaped Bristol today.
1 hour


In this lesson students will discover the story of how the Clifton Suspension Bridge came to be. Through the ups and downs of the project they will learn about one man’s resilience and determination to make it happen as well as the simple elegance of the engineering itself. Students will also get the opportunity to make their own suspension bridge and test it.

Curriculum Links

KS2 Design & Technology

  • understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world
  • apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
  • select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities

KS2 History

  • a study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality
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How to get there

This lesson is designed to be taught in a classroom. However, if you would like to visit the Clifton Suspension Bridge with your class, please use either of the options below to help plan your journey. 

The nearest station is Clifton Down.

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