Structure: Pavilions

Pupils explore pavilion structures, learning about what they are used for and investigating how to create strong and stable structures before also designing and creating their own pavilions, complete with cladding

Choose your lesson

Lesson 1: Exploring frame structures

Using toothpicks and sweets, pupils explore different frame structures to test which are the most stable

Lesson 2: Designing a pavilion

Using their knowledge from Lesson 1, the children design their pavilion structures

Lesson 3: Pavilion frame

Using their designs and a range of materials, children build a strong frame structure for their pavilion

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Lesson 4: Pavilion cladding

Experimenting with different decorative techniques, pupils use paper and other materials to clad their pavilions

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

An idea for adapting this topic

We love to hear how schools use the skills their pupils learn through our units to suit their chosen topics and themes.  We were really impressed with how the pupils and teachers in class 4C of St Mary’s RC Primary school, Langley, used the skills and knowledge developed through this unit to build a wonderful bug hotel to provide a cosy refuge for our insect friends.

Bug hotel picture
Thanks to class 4C, St Mary’s RC Primary school, Langley.