Over the past few weeks we have been analysing the designs of buildings and deciding which materials and design features make buildings appropriate for their environment. After analysing the image below, the boys had their own turn at designing and building a house on the sand using a variety of available materials.
The boys designed some amazing buildings, but the biggest surprise was still to come. Sneaky Miss Rusten poured a little water into each of the sand tubs to simulate the tide coming in on a real beach. Which buildings do you think survived the high tide test?
While this was a very fun, albeit messy, learning experience their reflection showed me that they learned an enormous amount from this task. Some boys’ testimonials are below:
Last week we built some houses in the sand. My group was Harry, Kelvin and I. Our house had straws and sticks around the side. Our house looked pretty weird. I had fun.
We were building houses on sand, mini houses. I made it out of wood, plastic and wooden planks. And don’t forget metal, the strongest material of all. My favourite part was building the house.