Construction in the curriculum


Strand Unit: Making constructions: The child should be enabled to:

  • Explore and experiment with the properties and characteristics of materials in making structures / grouping, balancing and building with small components and with construction toys that allow free play / discovering the tallest, lowest, widest, narrowest parts of the structure / rearranging the structure
  • Make imaginative structures / making an imaginative play structure with large boxes balanced on each other / drawing or painting what it might be like to be in that structure / making an imaginative dwelling using boxes, pieces of polystyrene / painting the finished work in a limited colour range to focus on colour and pure colour (hue) / making an imaginative plaything (e.g. making a space helmet or party hat using a large box) / making a stabile to explore line and shape in a structure

Strand Unit: Looking and responding: The child should be enabled to:

  • Look at, investigate and talk about spatial arrangements and balance in collections of objects and in photographs of natural and built structures / doll’s house, toy buildings, pop-up structures, birds’ nests, model farms, simple furniture in the room, cutlery trays
  • Look at and talk about structures that are easily accessible and close at hand, at visually stimulating structures and at a range of common artefacts / a public building, farm buildings / deciding how many pieces were used to make / a table, a swing, a seesaw
  • Look at and talk about his/her work and the work of other children / describing the structure/ the materials and tools chosen /how the pieces were put together / what he/she likes best about the work