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1) About this activity

Two children writing at a tableThis activity supports learning in design and technology, with strong links to art and design. It asks students to develop, plan and communicate ideas and use knowledge and understanding of materials and components to design and make models of fixed play equipment for a local park. This equipment could be aimed at toddlers, young children or teenagers and could be themed in order to promote awareness of the natural or built elements in the park. Students can either work in teams to create a single large piece of fixed play equipment or individually to create separate pieces of equipment. All the tasks can easily be adapted for less able or younger children. Many of the supporting resources for this activity will be useful for teaching Design and Technology Unit 1B – Playgrounds.

A suggested teaching sequence is outlined below which can be adapted to meet your own objectives. Supporting resources can be downloaded for use on an interactive whiteboard or PCs, or printed out in paper form.

The play equipment could be designed for a local park. Students could visit as a group during school time or visit the park independently as part of out-of-school activities or homework assignments.

Planning their work

Discuss with students how to set about the brief. List and then sequence all the tasks required, assisting students to plan and organise their work. Depending upon time and your own objectives you may choose to omit some of the stages outlined below.