Teachers' Notes for Building Blocks Print E-mail
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BUILDING BLOCKS.

Teacher's Notes © Timezones Curriculum Support Ltd. 2010

This interactive performance is aimed at Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2).

The performance lasts around 50 minutes, and looks at the science behind house building.

These notes give you an overview of the performance so that you can plan follow-up work if you want to.

BUT PLEASE DO NOT LET YOUR CLASS KNOW THE CONTENT OF THE SHOW IN ADVANCE.

 


 

THE STORY:

The children help to build a giant model house, and volunteers assist with the following jobs:


Bricklayers.

Toy bricks are used. Volunteers from the audience help make two small walls. One has the bricks stacked just on top of each other, which falls to pieces easily. The other wall has the layers of bricks 'staggered' (stretching or stretcher bond) and is strong even without the bricks being stuck together.  Ready-made walls of the model house are revealed.


Carpenters.

Volunteers work out what things are made of wood, and the audience is tested to see if they can tell what is made out of wood and what is not. They then work out which carpentry tools are for which jobs.  Windows and a door are added to the model house.


Plumbers.

The children discover that water runs downhill, but can't go uphill unless it is given a 'push'.  One child pumps water to the bathroom, 'upstairs' in the house.  A picture of the plumbing is put on the house in one of the upstairs windows.


Electrician.

The children learn about the dangers of electricity. A volunteer then assembles a large circuit made of a battery, a bulb, a switch and wires. The audience sees that electricity only works if the circuit is complete.  A picture of the circuit is put on the house in the bedroom window.


Roofers.

Volunteers try an experiment to see that rain runs off a 'pointy' roof, but can stay on a flat roof and cause it to break.  A ‘pointy’ roof is then put on the house, along with a chimney.


Conclusion.

Once the model house is finished, the children recap the jobs they have done and what the jobs are called.  They are not just builders, they are bricklayers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, & roofers.


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Last Updated on Friday, 22 July 2011 15:33
 
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