Lesson 2: Assembling the structure

Having decorated their templates, pupils construct the main part of their structure, making sure that it stands freely and holds together.

Before the lesson

Classroom resources

Learning objective

  • To make a stable structure 

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]
  • Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, according to their characteristics
  • Build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Might need to work as part of a guided group, whereby an adult completes one part of the structure, then gives pupils in the group time to complete the step before moving on. Could use cylindrical objects to wrap their net around first to help achieve the right shape.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should work independently to cut and assemble their own structure. Should produce accurate cuts and a cylinder of an even thickness throughout.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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