Lesson 4: Finalising bridges

Pupils continue to build their truss bridges, reinforce and evaluate them.

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

To complete, reinforce and evaluate my truss bridge.

National curriculum

  • Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment
  • Select from and use a wider range of materials, components and construction materials according to their functional properties and aesthetics
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
  • Apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Provide extra help by doing the making stages one at a time and reviewing with the children before moving on, this can break up the activity and also make it feel more manageable. Allow the children to work in pairs or small groups as a production line and switch stations. Use verbal and visual prompts, such as photographs and video clips taken through lesson 3 – 4 to support the final evaluation.

Pupils working at greater depth: Express the need to achieve a high-quality finish, sanded down, accurate with no gaps and secured at all joints effectively. Employ them as ‘Construction assistants’ to support the rest of the class or an assigned pupil if they finish their truss bridge ahead of schedule and can do no more to improve its strength. Explain in detail the status of their finished truss bridge with regards to the quality of finish, accuracy of the joints and overall build referring back to skills and tools used. Discuss what they would change if they were to do the truss bridge project again.


Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


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