Reaching Out



Who Lumen Christi Grammar School and Model Primary School
Duration 6 weeks
Key Stages 2 and 3
Subject Strands Science, Technology and Design and Mathematics
Cross-curricular Skills Using Maths and Using ICT
Key Elements Employability and Citizenship
Business Links Graham’s Engineering and Ilex

The ‘Reaching Out’ theme for this project was intended to convey two meanings. In the literal sense it referred to how a bridge allows people to cross from one place to another and how two cranes working on opposite ends of a bridge reach out towards one another. However, the ‘Reaching Out’ concept was also used in a metaphorical sense to illustrate the importance of ‘Reaching Out’ as way of promoting peace between communities. In this sense it provided an opportunity to highlight key messages about Citizenship and building ‘good’ relations.

The main focus of the project was on pupils designing and building cranes and models of the Craigavon Bridge. This provided the framework to explore Scientific and Engineering concepts such as stability, equilibrium, and the ‘Principle of Moments’, and how these are applied in real world contexts to cranes and bridges. The project’s real world connection was enhanced by visits from representatives from Graham’s Engineering and Ilex whose role is to plan and develop the social and economic regeneration of the Derry City Council area.