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.

Lesson 2: Strengthening materials

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

Lesson 3: Making Baby Bear’s chair (free lesson)

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.

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.

Assess your pupils

Assessment quiz and Knowledge catcher. These can be used at the start of the unit to access where pupils are in their learning as well as the end of the unit to assess progress. Go to assessment resources

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