Year 1 students study ‘Night and Day’ and ‘Mini-beasts’. This can provide an opportunity to look at other wildlife such as birds. This project is often linked to the Bug Tower project and so both projects can happen together. This is a great project for teaching the students to use the saws, bench hooks and Lynks jigs for the first time.
The truck is a great project for the students to use the joiner jigs to make a simple frame and then turn it into a vehicle that can be powered with an elastic band and a balloon. This links to the science of stored energy, potential energy and good and bad friction
Linking to the science topic of mini-beasts the students build a tower which can be ‘planted’ in the school grounds for the mini-beasts to inhabit. Once they have constructed the basic frame, the students can design the outer shell and the insides for the mini-beasts to inhabit.