Building a marshmallow bridge.

Year 3
Building Bridges

Throughout our Building Bridges topic you will make marshmallow bridges, test strength using pennies and plenty more. This topic contains 7 activities with accompanying activity sheets and a video looking at Isambard Kingdom Brunel. We are passionate about providing positive educational experiences for children through interactive and engaging hands-on activities. Whilst meeting the standards in the National Curriculum in England.

Within this topic you will find:

  • 7 activity plans, all of which clearly explain how to prepare and carry out each activity.
  • 8 activity sheets to support your child in recording their investigations.
  • A video illustrating the life and career of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

This topic meets aspects within the National Curriculum in England in the following subjects: Design & Technology, Geography, History, Maths and Science.

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    Relation to Curriculum in England: = Design & Technology = Geography = History = Maths = Science
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Activity One - Bridges Around The World

Activity 1
Bridges Around The World

  • DT2/1.1a use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • DT2/1.3a investigate and analyse a range of existing products
Activity Two - Local Bridges

Activity 1
Local Bridges

  • DT2/1.1a use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • DT2/1.3a investigate and analyse a range of existing products
  • Ge2/1.4c use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies
Activity Three - Investigating Bridge Shapes

Activity 3
Investigating Bridge Shapes

  • DT2/1.1a use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • DT2/1.4a apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
  • Ma3/3.2a draw 2-D shapes and make 3-D shapes using modelling materials; recognise 3-D shapes in different orientations and describe them
  • Sc4/1.1 asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
  • Sc4/1.2 setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
Activity Four - Investigating Suspension Bridges

Activity 4
Investigating Suspension Bridges

  • DT2/1.1a use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • DT2/1.4a apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
  • Sc4/1.1 asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
  • Sc4/1.2 setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
Activity Five - Spaghetti And Marshmallow Bridge

Activity 5
Spaghetti And Marshmallow Bridge

  • DT2/1.1a use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • DT2/1.3a investigate and analyse a range of existing products
  • DT2/1.4a apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
  • Ma3/3.2a draw 2-D shapes and make 3-D shapes using modelling materials; recognise 3-D shapes in different orientations and describe them
Activity Six - Design And Build A Bridge

Activity 6
Design And Build A Bridge

  • DT2/1.1a use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • DT2/1.1b generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design
  • DT2/1.2a select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks accurately
  • DT2/1.2b select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities
  • DT2/1.3b evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
  • DT2/1.4a apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
Activity Seven - Isambard Kingdom Brunel Timeline

Activity 7
Isambard Kingdom Brunel Timeline

  • DT2/1.3c understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world
  • Hi2/2.2 extended chronological study Pupils should be taught a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066

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    Relation to Curriculum in England: = Design & Technology = Geography = History = Maths = Science
    Download Links: = Activity Plan = Activity Sheet(s) = Play Video = Download Video
Activity 1 - Bridges Around The World
Activity 1
Bridges Around The World
Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • DT2/1.1a use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • DT2/1.3a investigate and analyse a range of existing products
Downloads:
Activity 2 - Local Bridges
Activity 2
Local Bridges
Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • DT2/1.1a use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • DT2/1.3a investigate and analyse a range of existing products
  • Ge2/1.4c use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies
Downloads:
Activity 3 - Investigating Bridge Shapes
Activity 3
Investigating Bridge Shapes
Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • DT2/1.1a use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • DT2/1.4a apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
  • Ma3/3.2a draw 2-D shapes and make 3-D shapes using modelling materials; recognise 3-D shapes in different orientations and describe them
  • Sc4/1.1 asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
  • Sc4/1.2 setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
Downloads:
Activity 4 - Investigating Suspension Bridges
Activity 4
Investigating Suspension Bridges
Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • DT2/1.1a use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • DT2/1.4a apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
  • Sc4/1.1 asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
  • Sc4/1.2 setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
Downloads:
Activity 5 - Spaghetti And Marshmallow Bridge
Activity 5
Spaghetti And Marshmallow Bridge
Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • DT2/1.1a use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • DT2/1.3a investigate and analyse a range of existing products
  • DT2/1.4a apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
  • Ma3/3.2a draw 2-D shapes and make 3-D shapes using modelling materials; recognise 3-D shapes in different orientations and describe them
Downloads:
Activity 6 - Design And Build A Bridge
Activity 6
Design And Build A Bridge
Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • DT2/1.1a use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • DT2/1.1b generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design
  • DT2/1.2a select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks accurately
  • DT2/1.2b select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities
  • DT2/1.3b evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
  • DT2/1.4a apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
Downloads:
Activity 7 - Isambard Kingdom Brunel Timeline
Activity 7
Isambard Kingdom Brunel Timeline
Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • DT2/1.3c understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world
  • Hi2/2.2 extended chronological study Pupils should be taught a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
Downloads:

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