Yr Underfall Yard

30th November 2017
On an icy cold but gloriously sunny Thursday, Year 4 donned their woolly scarves and hats and trooped down to Bristol Harbour to explore the Underfall Yard.
We learned about the fascinating history of Bristol’s floating harbour, why it is called the Underfall Yard and how the Harbour Master and all the workers at the Yard keep Bristol from flooding through a brilliantly designed system of sluices, thanks to Bristol’s hero, Brunel. We were privileged to be able to see the room with the mechanisms that power the sluices and the entrances to the tunnels that run underneath Bristol so that the sluices can function properly.
We were then introduced to the Visitors’ centre where we were able to see all of Bristol and its river system from above, and we had the chance to use interactive devices and games to understand it in more depth.
The big hit of the day was the Human Accumulator where the weight of our bodies simulated the weight needed to create water pressure that pushes up the sluice gate, but for more details on this you’ll have to ask the children in year 4!