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FUTURE TOWN.

Teacher's Notes © Timezones Curriculum Support Ltd.  2010

This interactive performance is aimed at all the years in Key Stage 2
The performance lasts around 1 hour, and covers Geography and DT, as well as Science
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.


WHAT HAPPENS IN THE WORKSHOP:

Your pupils are training to build a new town. As they progress, this worksheet can be filled in as a record.

GEOGRAPHY SECTION.

1) SURVEYING:

Volunteers experiment with weather measuring equipment, and use a tape measure and a 45 degree angle to calculate the height of a ‘mountain’.

The height of the mountain was  [        ]  metres


2) CHOOSING A LOCATION FOR THE TOWN:

A large map is used. Good and bad features for various locations are discussed, and a location for the town is chosen. The chosen location was [tick or circle those chosen]

near water / in desert / near trees / foot of cliff / in marsh / on beach / in valley


3) INDUSTRY:

Three possible industries for the town are looked at. The merits and drawbacks of these are discussed and one is chosen as the main industry. The chosen industry was [tick or circle which was chosen]

Mining / Tourism / Farming

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY SECTION.


4) PLANNING THE JOB:

A model house is used as an example of the buildings for the new town. The audience help volunteers match up the stages of the building work with parts of the model. These must then be placed in the correct order. The model is then assembled, and a demonstration is made of the strength of triangles in the design. The correct order of building stages is:

Design, Foundations, Timber Frame, Wall Panels, Roof.


5) MATERIALS:

There are a variety of material samples to choose from for the walls.  Their properties are discussed in order to test the audience’s knowledge. The audience then votes on which material to build their walls out of. The chosen material was [tick or circle which was chosen]

Steel / Wood / Plastic / Glass / Concrete


6) DESIGN TESTED BY OUR PIONEER:

A volunteer townsperson stays inside the model while it is tested. The house was judged to be [tick if satisfied]

Well Located (      ) / Attractive (      ) / Strong (      ) / Windproof (      ) / Waterproof (      )

 


MAKING THE MOST OF OUR VISIT:

Our projects are designed to enhance your delivery of the curriculum. Children often remember the activities we use to illustrate topics for many years, so you can build on our visit by linking class work to the activities we do.

TIMEZONES achieves all its work without arts funding.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 August 2011 13:26
 
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