A look at the major bridges over the River Forth in Scotland. Presenter Tess stands between the imposing structures of the Forth Rail Bridge, which is over 150 years old, and the younger Forth Road Bridge opened in 1964. Before these bridges existed, people had to travel by ferry in order to cross the river.
Pupils could map out the route that would have to be taken if the bridges were not created, finding out the time saved by the bridges. Pupils could research how bridges are constructed. A class challenge could take place and small groups could compete to make a bridge out of paper and art straws to see which will hold the most weight. The children could research other bridges that are famous around the world. What safety features do they have and have there been any disasters with the bridges?