How have the Bristol Docks changed over time?
Through a series of five questions, pupils will learn how Bristol Docks have changed from prehistoric times to the present day. Each question has a PowerPoint presentation of information plus a series of supporting enquiries and activity sheets to help pupils discover more about Bristol’s history and embed their learning.
By investigating the development of the docks chronologically, pupils will be able to look for similarities, differences, and changes over time throughout the whole history of the area. They will gain an understanding of how the city they live in today has been shaped, and continues to be shaped, by the place itself and the people who have lived in it. Each of the following questions is designed to enable pupils to use enquiry techniques to discover for themselves how their local history relates to the national history of Britain.
The Bristol Docks Local History Teaching Overview describes the specific learning outcomes for each of the activities listed below. You can also download our ‘Essentials’ for extra resources that can be used with all five questions, such as word mats, a glossary and much more.
- How did Bristol begin - PowerPoint Presentation
- Where to Build Bristol Castle Activity
- Mapping Medieval Bristol Activity
Extended Task: Can you find out more about how the Medieval town of Bristol was laid out?
- The Rivers and Trade - PowerPoint Presentation
- Bristol Bridge Chronology Activity
- The First Seal of Bristol Activity
Extended Task: Could you design a seal that represents Bristol today?
- Trade in Bristol - PowerPoint Presentation
- Bristol Exports Analysis Activity
- Bristol World Trade Map Activity
Extended Task: What can you find out about Queens Square?
- Bristol’s Docks - PowerPoint Presentation
- William Jessop Floating Harbour Comprehension Activity
- Diamond of Significance Activity
Extended Task: Can you find out more about how Brunel’s plans for improving the Floating Harbour worked?
- Bristol Docks Today - PowerPoint Presentation
- Celebrating our city – Bristol Harbour Festival Activity
- Timeline of Bristol Docks Activity
Extended Task: Can you find out about the history of one of the buildings that is linked to Bristol’s Floating Harbour?
Learning aims and outcomes
- To learn about changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
- To make inferences from archaeological & historical evidence
- To investigate aspects of local history and how it relates to a national story
- To develop a sense of pride in where they live
- To develop skills in chronology using timelines and historical information
- To create reasoned and evidentially supported judgements
- Establish clear narratives within and across the periods studied
- No prior knowledge is required, all information is provided.
Extended learning and useful links
- Find more free local history resources from Teacher’s Pet
- Teaching Activity: Timeline - Stone Age to Iron Age
- Teaching Activity: What can archaeological evidence tell us about Roman life?
- Myers-Insole Local Learning Community Interest Company’s Local Learning Resources
- Know Your Place website - explore your neighbourhood through historic maps, images, and linked information
- Bristol Museum’s ‘Bristology’ teaching resources
- Myers Local Learning Resources