Learn about extreme weather conditions in the UK. Look at homes adapted to different climates around the world. Create a storm-resistant den and a flood-resistant house.

Session 1 A storm is coming!

Objectives

Geography

  • Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK.

Design and Technology

  • Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics.
  • To generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, and mock-ups.

Teaching and Activities

Investigate extreme weather in the UK and then build a den to protect yourself from a storm.

Teaching Outcomes
To identify types of daily weather patterns and extreme weather in the UK.
To select from and use materials and textiles to make a den and communicate ideas through discussion.

Children will:

  • Identify types of daily weather patterns and extreme weather in the UK.
  • Select from and use materials and textiles to make a den.
  • Communicate ideas through discussion.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 2 Houses from around the world

Objectives

Geography

  • Identify the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles.
  • Name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans.

Design and Technology

  • Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics.
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about the homes that people build around the world to live in different climate. Design and build a model house that is best suited to a challenging climate.

Teaching Outcomes
Name the world’s seven continents and identify the Equator, and the North and South Poles.
Choose materials to make a model house and communicate ideas through discussion.

Children will:

  • Name the world’s seven continents.
  • Locate the equator, the North and South Poles and begin to understand their significance.
  • Choose materials to make a model house.
  • Communicate ideas through discussion.

You Will Need

  • Construction toys (Lego® and woodern blocks)

Session 3 Designing a flood-resistant house

Objectives

Geography

  • Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom.
  • Use simple compass directions.
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage.

Design and Technology

  • Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on
    design criteria.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about flooding in the UK and in other countries. Look carefully at the homes built to withstand flooding and design a flood-resistant house.

Teaching Outcomes
To talk about weather patterns in the UK and use maps and globes to identify the UK and other countries.
To design a flood-resistant house.

Children will:

  • Talk about weather patterns in the UK.
  • Use compass directions when using a map.
  • Use maps and globes to identify the UK and other countries.
  • Design a flood-resistant house.

You Will Need

  • Noah's Ark by Heinz Janisch

Session 4 Making a flood-resistant house

Objectives

Design and Technology

  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks.
  • Select from and use a wide range of materials, including construction materials, according to their characteristics.
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria.

PSHE

  • Listen to other people, and play and work cooperatively.

Teaching and Activities

Discuss storms and how to respond to an emergency. Then make and test your flood-resistant house.

Teaching Outcomes
To plan, build and evaluate a model house.
To listen to each other and work together to make a model house

Children will:

  • Select from a range of materials to build a model house.
  • Choose and use materials based on their properties.
  • Evaluate their models.
  • Listen to each other and work together to make a model house.

You Will Need

  • Percy the park keeper: After the storm by Nick Butterworth
  • A camera