Lesson 1: Arch and beam bridges

Children develop their understanding of secure structures by investigating how different shapes affect the strength of a structure

Learning Objectives

  • Identifying arch and beam bridges and explaining what ‘compression and tension’ mean

  • Making a range of different shaped beam bridges

  • Identifying stronger and weaker structures

  • Finding different ways to reinforce structures

Teacher Video: Arch and beam bridge

Pupil Video: Arch and beam bridge


Arch Bridge Image
Bridge Experiment Diagrams
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Vicki Risianova,  
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After 4 years of being a TV and radio presenter, Vicki headed to the secondary classroom where she spent 12 years teaching DesignTo make, draw or write plans for something. and Technology as well as PE. Working as a subject…
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