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Rotterdam sits at the mouth of two rivers, the Rhine and the Meuse. Goods are imported and exported all over the world via the barges and container ships that operate in and out of the city’s port every day.

Martine, a local Dutch girl, shows us around the busy port. She introduces us to her mother, the boss of an international shipping company and her father, a shipping agent responsible for organising the tugs and pilot boats.

The activity at the container port and dry bulk terminal, plus the busy transport network of trains and trucks that move the cargo, means that the port needs a lot of electricity to run smoothly. The extreme wind at the port has led to wind turbines being erected to generate some of this energy for both the port and surrounding community.
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30 March 2012

Classroom Ideas

Children could consider the similarities and differences between their own town and the port of Rotterdam, Holland, by presenting this information in a Venn diagram or writing a report. Using the clip as a stimulus, the children could complete further research on the importance of trade within the EU and where key port locations are in the UK. The children could write a 'Day in the Life of..' diary of Martine, the young girl presenting the film, whilst at home, at the port and at school. This report or diary could be accompanied by a glossary explaining the key vocabulary. The children could complete research about the benefits and disadvantages of using coal and wind power to generate energy, as shown in the clip.

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