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A 9-year-old boy named Robbert shows us around his hometown of Veere in the province of Zeeland in the Netherlands. His province is made up of islands and water, and after a very large flood in 1953 the government built the Delta works, a network of 13 dams and sluices on the coast.

The area is famous for inland lakes and attracts lots of people who like sailing. The area is also famous for its shellfish, especially mussels, lobster and oysters. Robbert’s father is a fish wholesaler, selling fish all over Europe from his fleet of lorries. Robbert shows us his Protestant school and how they often sing English songs at the start of the day. Robbert has a passion for football, he’s a striker and supports Ajax, one of the most successful Dutch teams.
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30 March 2012

Classroom Ideas

Children could consider the similarities and differences between their own town and the town of Veere in the province of Zeeland in the Netherlands, by presenting this information in a Venn diagram or writing an information report. Using the clip as a stimulus, the children could complete further research on the different methods to prevent flooding used within the UK and the EU. The children could design their own poster or travel brochure advertising Veere in the Netherlands using persuasive language and information about its unique features shown in the clip.

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