Grand designs

A fantastic opportunity for children to be actively involved in a design project from start to finish.

The children will start by evaluating the 8m diam. TEEPEE and other existing structures, in order to inspire their planning.

In small groups they will form a plan, communicate ideas and build a small structure.

Through a range of focused practical tasks they develop techniques, skills, processes and knowledge which will lead onto the final ‘grand design’.

After which the children will evaluate their design and identify areas for improvement.

This is a chance for everyone to shine as there are plenty of opportunities to use existing skills as well as to try something new. Model making, knot tying and shelter building, topped only by hot chocolate around the fire, guarantees a fun time for everyone!

Learning Outcomes

Work well together in small groups.
Criticize constructively each others designs.
Compromise ideas.
Cooperate in building their own group sized shelter.
Assess materials needed and risks arising during construction.
Understand the need for safety in the woods.
Experience the processes needed to design and construct a group shelter.
Use imaginations and extend own skills.

Curriculum Links

ART & DESIGN: Developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY: Knowledge and understanding of materials and components
PHSE: Preparing to play an active role as citizens; Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people
ENGLISH: Listening;  Group discussion and interaction;  Speaking
CITIZENSHIP: Developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities;
Preparing to play an active role as citizens


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