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This activity is aimed at 11-16 year olds; three difficulty levels mean it can be adapted to suit different levels of knowledge/ability. It is in our popular ‘mystery’ format which means it involves a story with characters as well as facts and different statements which students must take into consideration.
The case study involved is the 2004 flooding of Boscastle in Cornwall. Through the main question, ‘Why is Colin facing his worst fears?’ students learn about the causes and effects of flooding through a narrative thread.
Students sort through snippets about Colin himself, the local area and statements about the flood. They work together to explore how the event may impact Colin, other residents/visitors and of course the place itself, in different ways. They usually go through these stages:
- Read through the statements together
- Begin to develop ideas of possible strands to their answer, sort statements into particular groups and make any notes that come into their heads
- Connect slips together in a wider chain to help break down the causes of flooding, the aftermath and how it can have such a huge impact on people
- Enter a dedicated Reflection Stage as a group, with their teacher or as a whole class