The changing course of the Clyde

This lesson idea develops knowledge of the changes that were made in the channel of the Clyde to allow shipping better access to central Glasgow.  Local names like "Inchinnan" (old scots 'inch = island' e.g.: Inchmurrin, Inchmarnock, Markinch), "Newshot Island" (no longer an island), suggest previous river channel.  The plans of John Golborne overseen by James Watt straightened and deepened the river in the late 18th and early 19th centuries between Glasgow and Dumbarton and dredging of the river has continued up to present times.  An understanding of river currents, meanders and deposition of sediments can be provided through links with Geography, PE/Maths, Craft & Design, and Physics.  Through practical experiments and visits, learners will design a model.

Broad Outcomes of learning

  • Subject knowledge and understanding
  • Pupils learned through experimentation and observation of the world around them
  • Enterprising skills and attitudes developed (ACfE) through problem solving
  • Employability skills enhanced - application of knowledge in a real situation
  • Confidence of working independently from teacher-led lessons

Relevance to curriculum

  • Supports CfE Social Studies

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