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Investigate, design and build natural shelters with this fantastic cross-curricular lesson, created in partnership with One Tree Per Child. Pupils can explore the explore what makes a good settlement, and look at dwelling designs across different time periods and different geographical locations: they can then put what they've learned into action, by building durable new homes for fairies. A brilliant way to develop D&T skills whilst getting closer to nature, this activity allows pupils (and teachers) to enjoy learning without worksheets, and shows that a classroom doesn’t need to have four walls!
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- Build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
- Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
- Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria
- Explore and evaluate a range of existing products
- Explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products.
- Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology
- Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]
- Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics
- Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations.
- Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas.
- Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.