Junk modelling materials
Pictures of the suspension bridge.
Meaning making - Which design works best? Why?
What links can you make between your bridge and Brines?
How do you think Brunel developed his designs? What would he have had to think about and do to create the Suspension Bridge?
Foundation – Use construction kits and junk modelling.
Y1 – In pairs design bridge and list materials. Use junk modelling to create bridge. Test, modify and evaluate design.
Y2-Which is the longest, strongest bridge you can make?
Can you design a bridge which can hold a toy lorry carrying 2 bean bags across a given distance? Test modify and evaluate designs.
Additional DT activities:
Puppet making to retell the life story of Brunel. Design a nd make own top hat.
Look at a picture of the Suspension Bridge. Discuss why and how it was built. Set a challenge to design and make own bridge to cross a given distance or object.
Why did Brunel design and make bridges?
Whole class teaching