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A child led tour of Kinderdijk in the Netherlands
Kinderdijk is famous for canals and windmills. There are nineteen windmills in Kinderdijk run by millers. Donna, a 9-year-old girl, cycles along the drainage canals to meet a couple of the last remaining millers in the region. They illustrate how the wind drives the sails on the windmill to mill the wheat and pump the water from the flat lands to prevent flooding. Donna and her family are in the process of restoring an old windmill to create their new home and she explains what life was like in the past. She visits a restored windmill and points out artefacts that illustrate life in the past including clogs and old ice-skates. Canal skating is one of her favourite things and is very popular in Winter if it’s cold enough for the canals to freeze. First broadcast in the Learning Zone on BBC2 in March 2012 as part of the series In my shoes.
Useful when looking at: Canals, polders and flatlands. Mechanisms for draining the land. Windmills and their traditional use for pumping and milling and how wind power is used today. Typical Dutch landscapes and topography.
Cross curricular links include:
Geography: Sustainability, Europe, Rivers, Water, Weather and Climate
PSHE: Differences and Similarities, Cultural Issues
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