Monsoon proof roof

A global primary Upd8 from ASE and Practical Action

Monsoon proof roof
KS2: ages 7-11WebsitePowerpointPDF

One of a set of three primary activities produced by the Association of Science Education (ASE) in collaboration with Practical Action for the Global Learning Programme England. Each looks at a ‘big question’ faced by a child living in a developing country and encourages pupils to work scientifically and investigate the science behind a potential solution.

Materials include a PowerPoint presentation, which incorporates student worksheets, and comprehensive teacher notes with links to useful secondary sources of information. In addition to being suitable for the science curriculum these materials can be used in a science or STEM club.

This resource looks at a ‘big question’ facing Mehrab, a boy who lives in Bangladesh, and his family… what material should they use for their new roof?

Pupils gain an understanding of what it might be like to be a child like Mehrab, to be worried about your house being washed away by floods. They then look at different roof materials around the world and investigate which material would be the best for Mehrab and his family. Finally they look at the actual solution implemented by families like Mehrab.

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