Buildings and Architecture in KS1.


For children to discuss and explore how using different materials can effect the strength, stiffness and stability of a building.

National Curriculum: “build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable.” (DfES, 2013)


KS1 and early KS2.

What you need:

A computer, linked to the story, and perhaps some materials available for children to experiment with after they have discussed the story and created their own hypothesis.

Learning benefits:

Using a story will engage children, and prompt discussion about different materials.

Could be used at either the beginning of a topic, to find out what they already know, or at the end of a lesson or unit to assess what they have learnt.

Links to both literacy and computing.

You can view our story here:

Big Bad Wolf’s dilemma.


Department for Education and Skills (DfES) (2013) The National Curriculum Handbook for Primary Teachers. Nottingham. DfES Publications.

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