Construction in the curriculum

First and second class

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 relatively small components and with construction toys that allow free play / how some materials help to create or suggest form / how structure and balance are achieved / how the various outlines and spaces are created / how the different parts relate to the whole / how materials can be joined together / how some materials can add colour, pattern, texture, interest
  • Make imaginative structures / designing a large imaginative complex with a variety of spaces for inventive use (e.g. a castle) / designing an imaginative structure with some complexity in the division of space (e.g. a miniature theatre set) / designing an imaginative plaything from waste material (e.g. a robot, a fantastic toy)

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

  • Look at collections or photographs of natural and built structures and investigate spatial arrangements, balance and outline and how the spaces created relate to the whole / habitats of burrowing animals, towers
  • Look at and talk about his/her work and the work of other children / describing the structure, the materials and tools chosen and other possible choices / how the spaces were arranged / how balance was achieved / what he/she was trying to express / what he/she likes best about the work
  • Look at and talk about a local building complex, at a famous building and at visually stimulating artefacts (or slides or prints) / a shopping centre, a farm building, the school, a castle, toys, machines, playground furniture