In Year 6, the children have been following in the footsteps of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and becoming bridge engineers.

To begin, the children researched the different styles of bridges that are constructed and compiled a booklet about them. The next step was to create a working blueprint design for their own bridge. We talked a lot about the importance of simplicity and how they could revise their plans to improve the design before we moved onto building prototypes of the bridges. Messy but fun!

With the prototypes complete, the children presented their models to the class and we worked together to review and evaluate each other’s work. From this, they were able to identify areas of improvement for the last stage of the project – 3D CAD (computer aided design) modelling. Using the TinkerCAD software, the children developed their understanding of 3D modelling, the digital toolset that is required, and then applied this to build their own 3D digital bridges.