Construction in the curriculum

Third and fourth class

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

  • Explore and experiment with the properties and characteristics of materials in making structures / group, balance and build with a variety of materials / how the different parts relate to the whole / the various outlines and spaces created / whether the structure is delicately balanced or robust and solid / exploring the possibilities of free-standing abstract paper sculpture / the spaces created, the play of light on the structure
  • Make drawings from observation to analyse the structures of buildings and the natural structures of plants / investigating structure and balance in contemporary architecture and sculpture, in cast-iron structures, in bridges and in nature
  • Make imaginative structures / designing a model for a building complex talking about what functions different parts of the complex might serve / designing a relief structure, concentrating on planes, shapes, rhythm, texture / designing papier mache forms and structures (e.g. exotic heads)

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, outline / honeycomb, bridges, tower blocks, farm buildings
  • Look at and talk about his/her work and the work of other children / describing the structure / the materials and tools chosen for the task / the arrangement and functions of the spaces created / how balance was achieved / how construction or aesthetic problems were resolved / what he/she likes about the work
  • Look at and talk about interesting examples of contemporary architecture and the work of great architects and builders of history