Year 1, Term 4: Construction zone

Focus: Tools

Scope and sequence: Brainstorming

Learning intention: Students use materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity.

NSW Syllabus
Australian Curriculum (version 9.0)
"A student uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity." (ST1-2DP-T)
"Students learn to use materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to safely make designed solutions." (AC9TDE2P02)

Week 1

Building objects using toothpicks and chickpeas

Chickpeas work really well as connectors for toothpicks. For best results, soak the chickpeas in water for several hours. Canned chickpeas are usually too soft and can break apart.

Revision TMI

Think Make Improve

Expanding the design cycle


Week 2


This video (3:58) provides a really good introduction to physics because it makes connections between science and everything around us.


This short video (4:29) provides an introduction to engineering and what it means to be an engineer.

Week 3

Cable ties

Cable ties are one of the most useful items for constructing and repairing. In SILO 1.3 'Design' you learned about affordances. 

What are the affordances of cable ties?

Week 4

Robotic scissor arm

The following video (2:10) shows how to make a robotic scissor arm from icy pole sticks. Careful supervision will be required when using the glue guns and scissors. 

Before commencing this activity it is recommended that children are given the opportunity to brainstorm ways that they could make an extendable arm. This could also be presented as a problem-solving activity.



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Week 10

Moderated self-assessment


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