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Houses and Homes for KS1

Building Blocks

A show with participation for Infants, relating the science curriculum to the Construction Industry.

Your infants become trainee builders, and join Andy or Jan in an attempt to construct a house in your school hall. They learn all the stages involved in constructing a house, and all of the people who do each job. Volunteers become Bricklayers, Carpenters, Plumbers, Roofers and Electricians. Pupils also learn some very important facts about building site safety, which is especially useful if you're having any work done on or near your school site!

This project was specially commissioned by the Construction Industry Training Board in 1995, and has been evolved and adapted over the years, but has remained continually popular in schools ever since.

Teachers' Comments

Short, sharp and appropriate to key stage one pupils. An excellent project, which I would highly recommend to any infant school: Blaenllechau Infants.

Presentation provided plenty of opportunities for children to become involved. Activities were fun and exciting. An excellent workshop: Hendreforgan Primary.

Learning Outcomes

Children will:

Ø Learn about building site safety

Ø Gain an understanding of the stages of building a house

Ø Explore bricklaying patterns for strong walls

Ø Examine different materials made of wood, and tools used by carpenters

Ø Explore how plumbers provide water in houses

Ø Have a look at an electric circuit, and powering household appliances

Ø Look at flat and pointed roofs and discuss the merits and drawbacks of each

Ø Explore the different jobs and skills required to build a house

Kids' Comments

Andy, I liked the bit when you did the door and the roof and everything. You are a great builder: Sophie, Valley Road Infants.

Jan, I really enjoyed the show, thank you. I hope you will come again to St Mark's Primary School, lots of love from Rhianon.

DURATION: 50 minutes

Kids' work

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Last Updated on Friday, 22 July 2011 15:05
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