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

Learning Objectives

  • Identifying natural and man-made structures

  • Understanding what is meant by stability and identifying when a structure is more or less stable than another

  • Knowing that shapes and structures with wide, flat bases or legs are the most stable

Teacher video: Exploring stability

Pupil video: Exploring stability

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Presentation: Testing stability


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Vicki Risianova,  
Design & Technology specialist
After 4 years of being a TV and radio presenter, Vicki headed to the secondary classroom where she spent 12 years teaching DesignTo make, draw or write plans for something. and Technology as well as PE. Working as a subject…
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