Consider the design of buildings, the properties of building materials and the contrast between the materials used in modern buildings and around the time of the Great Fire of London. Make 3D models and 2D collages of Tudor homes, and re-enact the Great Fire of London with tissue paper 'flames'! Finally, a visit from ‘Mr Pepys’ will be the catalyst for the class to become estate agents!

Session 1 Fantasy buildings

Objectives

English

  • Build a repertoire of poems to learn by heart.
  • Spell the ‘or’ sound as a before l and ll.
  • Spell the vowel digraphs oo and ou.
  • Add the ending –ing to verbs.
  • Write with a purpose: lists.

Design and Technology

  • Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves.
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock- ups and ICT.

Science

  • Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.
  • Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass and metal.
  • Describe the simple physical properties of everyday materials.

Teaching and Activities

Discuss the properties of ideal buildings, including function and materials (this is an ideal opportunity to plan a visit from an Architect).

Teaching Outcomes
To read and learn the poem ‘Wanted’ and to discuss models and drawings of a fantasy building.
To construct models or draw plans of fantasy buildings, depicting and discussing their ideas.
To list and discus appropriate building materials for the construction of fantasy buildings.

Children will:

  • Learn the poem Wanted by heart.
  • Identify rhyming words and build phonic knowledge.
  • Recognise difference between writing lists and writing in sentences.
  • Design and represent their idea for imaginative, fantasy buildings.
  • Begin to name simple properties of everyday materials.

You Will Need

  • Construction kits or building bricks
  • Art materials
  • Puppet ortoy to represent 'Mr Silly Builder'

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.

Session 2 Building materials

Objectives

English

  • Develop vocabulary actively, building systematically on pupils’ current knowledge.
  • Justify ideas with reasons, beginning to give well-structured descriptions and explanations.

Science

  • Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.
  • Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal.
  • Describe the simple physical properties of everyday materials.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about the properties of materials used in modern building construction, including around the exterior of the school.

Teaching Outcomes
To increase their store of words by encouraging use of adjectives to describe construction materials.
To name several types of materials used in construction of buildings and explain the reasons why those materials have been selected for purpose.

Children will:

  • Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.
  • Identify and name a variety of everyday materials.
  • Describe the simple physical properties of these everyday materials.
  • Broaden their vocabulary to include scientific adjectives to describe materials and their properties.
  • Use knowledge of materials’ properties to give explanations for their choice of materials.

You Will Need

  • Puppet ortoy to represent ‘Mr Silly Builder’
  • Examples of modern building materials
  • Paper strips
  • Poster-sized paper

Session 3 Builders then and now

Objectives

History

  • Be taught about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally.
  • Know where the people and events fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.
  • Understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.

Design and Technology

  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks.
  • Select from and use a range of materials, including textiles, according to their characteristics.
  • Build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable.

English

  • Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge.
  • Find answers to these questions by reading non-fiction books.
  • Learn about the structure of non-fiction books.

Teaching and Activities

Compare and contrast building materials available today and 450 years ago using research and practical tasks. Evaluate the stability of Tudor buildings by creating 3D models, 2D collages and labelled diagrams and making wattle and daub.

Teaching Outcomes
To learn about the differences and similarities between modern buildings and those of the time of the Great Fire. To learn the different monarchs and their chronological order along a time line.
To use non-fiction books to discover relevant information.
To select and use from a range of equipment and materials in order to create models and other representations of Tudor buildings.

Children will:

  • Know how building methods and materials have changed over time.
  • Experience some of the historical practical skills involved in historical building practices.
  • Select from a range of materials (including recycled materials and textiles), fastening techniques and tools and use to create 2D and 3D representations.
  • Build and explore how to make their structures stronger, stiffer and more stable.

Provided Resources

  • Images of Tudor houses
  • Tasks for sessions 3 and 4
  • Adjectives word bank (from session 2)
  • Images of Tudor house models

You Will Need

  • Equipment for tasks (see resources for full details)
  • Ingredients for ‘Play Dough Recipe’ (1 cup plain four, 1 cup salt, 1 cup water, 2 tsps cream of tartar, 1tsp cooking oil, A little brown food colouring / a small amount of cocoa powder)
  • Puppet or toy to represent ‘Mr Silly Builder’

Session 4 London's burning!

Objectives

History

  • Be taught about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally.

Teaching and Activities

Create a model Tudor street and consider the effects of it burning down.

Teaching Outcomes
To teach the cause and effect of the Great Fire of London; To help children to empathise with the people who experienced the Great Fire.

Children will:

  • Remember the cause and effect of the Great Fire of London.
  • Empathise with the different feelings and emotions that people experienced at that time.

You Will Need

  • The 3D models made in previous sessions
  • Blue fabric
  • Cameras
  • Red, orange and yellow tissue paper

Session 5 Estate Agents

Objectives

English

  • Develop vocabulary actively, building systematically on pupils’ current knowledge.
  • Justify ideas with reasons, beginning to give well-structured descriptions and explanations.
  • Write for different purposes.
  • Learn how to use expanded noun phrases to describe and specify.

Teaching and Activities

Write Tudor property descriptions, using historical knowledge, and present them in role to ‘Mr Pepys’.

Teaching Outcomes
To use specific vocabulary to describe their building, planning and writing statements using correct punctuation with expanded noun phrases; To read their writing aloud, speaking clearly and confidently.

Children will:

  • Plan their writing, using key words and phrases.
  • Write in correct sentences.
  • Begin to use expanded noun phrases.
  • Review and improve their work.
  • Read their work aloud with clarity and appropriate intonation.

You Will Need

  • A role-play costume for Samuel Pepys
  • Small individual white boards and pens

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.