Super Shelters

Investigate, design and build natural structures with this inspiring outdoor lesson.

Years: 2

Duration: 60mins

Curriculum Objectives: 11

Subject: Cross Curricular

Resource Overview

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!

Image © The Daily Express, with thanks. 

Resource Assets


Lesson Plan

Curriculum Objectives

  • 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.