Hands-on activities help pupils learn about flooding

Around 60 children enjoyed learning more about flooding when Somerset Rivers Authority and Environment Agency staff visited St John & St Francis Church School in Bridgwater.

A special day for Year 6 pupils included lively sessions about the £100-million Bridgwater Tidal Barrier scheme and climate change, and several fun activities.

From a flood box, they fished out all sorts of unpleasant things that might be hidden in floodwater, such as poo and a giant rat. Not real poo, and not a real rat’s body, it should be said, but still memorably gross enough for an audience of 10- and 11-year olds.

They played a game about how to get better prepared for flooding.

They studied a model house to see how making various changes around a property can help to reduce the runoff of water.

Pupils watch intently as they shape a tree-top mound in an augmented reality sandbox, with Emma Giffard discussing the effects created.
Emma Giffard (right) and pupils exploring the SRA’s Augmented Reality Sandbox. The model house can be seen in the background.

And they experimented with an Augmented Reality Sandbox, which uses light and sand to show how water runs off different kinds of landscapes. (The video at the bottom of this page explains how the magic sandbox works.)

Emma Giffard, Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) Community Engagement Officer, said: “The children had a great time getting stuck in to all the activities, as well as learning a great deal about how water is managed in Somerset and how we be better prepared for flooding.

“Do get in touch if you know of a school that fancies a visit from the SRA team!”

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