At the end of last week, Year 1R were set the challenge of designing and building a tent for a small world toy that a circus could perform in. They went through a process of skills before given a set of resources from which to build it.
Stage One: How do we put up a tent?
The children showed they were effective communicators by working together to put up the tent. The discussed the different materials used including the importance of the waterproof outer layer.
Stage 2: What kind of tent design do we want for our circus?
The children worked in pairs, using iPads, to research different tent designs and come up with the one they thought was most suitable for housing a circus. They explained their reasons to an adult and included them on their plans. Look at their fantastic plans below!
Stage 3: What materials will we need?
Finally the children were given a range of materials, some more useful than others, from which to construct their tents from. The final results showed their ability to work together in groups, their effective communication with their partners and their critical thinking skills when things didn't work out. Below are a selection of photos from the process.
The children then spent time looking at each of the designs and talking to the designers. At the end, the class voted on which was the most successful tent for a circus. A very big well done to all the class for their persistence and enthusiasm for this challenge!