Structures: Baby Bear’s chair

Using the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears as inspiration, children help poor Baby Bear by making him a brand new chair. When designing the chair, they consider his needs and what he likes and explore ways of building it so that it is a strong and stable structure and doesn’t break again!

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Lesson 1: Exploring stability

Using a scientific approach, children test the stability of 3D shapes that they have moulded themselves, and explore man-made and natural structures.

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Lesson 2: Strengthening materials

While reinforcing their mathematical vocabulary, children build different paper structures and then test them to destruction!

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Lesson 3: Making Baby Bear’s chair

Considering what kind of chair Baby Bear would like, pupils develop a design criteria which uses all their knowledge of building strong and stable structures and begin to make their chairs

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Lesson 4: Fixing and testing Baby Bear’s chair

When Baby Bear’s chair is complete, pupils test its strength and stability, and use their problem-solving skills to adapt their structure as necessary.

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