Structure: Bridges

This topic develops children’s understanding of secure structures and introduces them to measuring, sawing and joining wood accurately. After learning about different types of bridges and also exploring how the strength of structures can be affected by the shapes used. Children create their own wooden bridge and test its durability.

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Lesson 1: Arch and beam bridges

Children develop their understanding of secure structures by investigating how different shapes affect the strength of a structure

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Lesson 2: Spaghetti truss bridges

Through the medium of spaghetti, children learn how triangulation reinforces joins in a structure as well as other tips for construction

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Lesson 3: Building bridges

Children use saws and wood to build their bridges, applying their knowledge from the previous two lessons

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Lesson 4: Finalising bridges

Pupils evaluate their bridge structures and identify any points of weakness and reinforce them as necessary

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