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Hi, everybody.

How are you? It is so lovely to see you and welcome you to your Design and Technology lesson today.

My name is Miss Larham, and I'm your D&T teacher.

Now I was wondering, would you be able to tell me what your name is? Fantastic.

It is lovely to meet you and welcome you to your lesson.

We've got a really busy lesson ahead of us today with lots of practical making today.

So I suggest we get started straight away.

So we are on Lesson 4 of our Structures Unit where we are learning all about freestanding structures.

Do you remember last lesson we made a special type of structure? We made a frame structure, didn't we? A frame structure of something you would find at the playground.

But today in this lesson, we're going to be cutting and joining.

So let's see what's equipment you will need for today's lesson.

In this lesson, you will need some paper, a pencil, some scissors, and remember, because I'm asking you to use scissors today, you must be supervised by a parent or a carer.

We need a few more things.

We need some recycled boxes and tubes.

So this used to be a box full of coffee, and I've turned it inside out to make myself a brand new recycled box.

And this here is a toilet roll tube.

If you've got any recycled boxes and tubes, that would be amazing.

Also need some tape today, and we need some glue.

So what I would like you to do now is pause the video, go and collect everything you need, and then press play when you're ready.

Off you go.


Welcome back.

And thank you for collecting all of those things for me.

We're definitely ready to get started now.

Shall we see what our lesson is going to look like today? Okay, so first, all together, we're going to start with an intro quiz, and then we're going to do our star words, then we're going to have our talk task, followed by ways of joining.

So there's a learn how to join our components together today.

And then you guys do some independent learning, and finally all together, we will finish with our exit quiz.

It is intro quiz time, and you are all my superstar quizzers, aren't you? You are always amazing at answering my questions.

Now today for our intro quiz, I'm going to show you two different shapes.

And you're going to see if you can name that shape for me.

Are you ready for the first one? Here we go.

What shape is this? Remember, we looked at this shape, last lesson.

What is the name of this shape? A shape that has three sides.

A few seconds to think.

Are you ready to tell me the name of the shape? Amazing, tell me now.

If you said triangle, well done.

This is a triangle.

I've just thought of a bonus question.

What do we know about triangles? I'll give you a clue.

What do we know about triangles? Can you tell me now? Well remembered.

Triangles are the strongest shape.

Well done if you remembered that.

That's amazing.

Are you ready for my next shape? Well done.

Let's see.

Who remembers what this shape is called? I'll give you a clue.

Cyl, cylin, I think you've got it.

What is this shape called? Tell me now.

If you said cylinder, well done.

We had a triangle, and we've had a cylinder.

Amazing intro quiz, everybody.

It is time for our star words.

Can we say star word and flash our hands at the same time? I'll try first.

Star word, star word.

Your turn.


It definitely sounds like all voices are ready for star words.

Let's see our first star word for today.

My turn.


Your turn.


Well done.

Our next star word is freestanding.


Well done.

Do you remember the word freestanding from some of our other lessons? I thought you might.

Do you remember it means it's a structure that can stand strong and stable all by itself, just stands up by itself.

I knew you'd remember that.

Well done.

Our next star word is base.


Well done.

Our next star word is join.


Well done.

Do you remember last lesson when we learned how to join our straws together? We attached them together, didn't we? Next star word.



Well done.

And stability means, how likely is it to fall over if we give it a little push? If it is stable, it won't fall over.

If it doesn't have very good stability, it will fall over.

Please make sure today that we use the word stability.

Well done for joining in, everybody.

Now, do you remember last lesson when we helped out Humpty Dumpty, didn't we? We made sure that he could build the strongest, most stable wall, the best wall for Humpty Dumpty.

And we helped him, didn't we, to work out that using a staggered brick pattern would be the strongest, because when we push it, it didn't fall over.

No bricks fell off.

So Humpty Dumpty told me to tell you, he said, "Thank you so much for your help.

I have built myself a wall in my garden." So Humpty Dumpty took our advice and he built himself a big wall in his garden that he sits on.

But he said to me, "Miss Larham, in my garden, I've only got a wall to sit on.

I don't have anything else interesting in my garden.

So when I sit on my wall, I've got nothing exciting to look at, just a little bit of grass." So he said, "All those children that joined in with your lesson last time, do you think they could help me again?" Do you think we could help Humpty Dumpty again to make his garden a bit more exciting when he's sitting on his wall, that he has something really interesting to look at? Give me a thumbs up if you're going to help Humpty? I am.


So I asked Humpty Dumpty, and I said, "Humpty Dumpty, what kind of thing would you like to have in your garden to make it more interesting when you're sitting on your wall?" And he said to me, "Miss Larham, I would really like a freestanding structure that is decorated beautifully, that I can look at when I'm on my wall." So, Humpty Dumpty wants us to make a freestanding structure in his garden, something really interesting and beautiful to look at.

Let's take some time to talk.


What sort of thing could you make for Humpty Dumpty? What freestanding structure could you make him? Hmm.

How are you going to decorate it? What you're going to do now, everybody, is pause the video and you're going to have a talk.

What freestanding structure could you make for Humpty Dumpty's garden? And then make sure you press play when you are ready.

Off you go.

Welcome back, everybody, and well done for completing your talk task.

I completed my talk task too.

And I was thinking about some of the equipment that we need for today's lesson.

And I was wondering, hmm, I might be able to use some of these things to help my freestanding structure.

And I remember, hmm, a freestanding structure needs to be able to stand up by itself, really strong and really stable, so when it's pushed, it doesn't fall over.

So I was thinking, maybe using these to help me.

Let's give it a try.

That wasn't very freestanding, was it? The stability was really bad.

So I'm going to have to think, aren't I now? How can I use these as a freestanding structure, something that will stand up by itself so it doesn't fall over? And I was thinking, hmm, what could I turn these into to make them really interesting for Humpty Dumpty? What ideas did you come up with? What are you going to make him? Can you tell me now? That sounds amazing.

Humpty Dumpty is going to be very impressed with that freestanding structure.

Well done.

So now we're going to think about solving that problem that I had, that when I put my tube on top of my box, and I'm going to call this box my base, when I put this on, it falls off.

It is not freestanding at all.

So we're going to have a think now.

How could I join this tube to its base so it is strong and stable, so it's freestanding, it doesn't fall over? Let's have a look at a couple of ways we're going to do that.

Now let's have a look at our first technique that we're going to use.

Now, some of you with your freestanding structures today, you might like to use the base and then use another box instead of a tube to put onto your structure.

So you might like to put this box on here.

But remember this isn't stable either.

That falls off.

So we need to show you how to attach that box to your base.

Let me show you.

So let me show you how to attach this box to your base, to make it stronger and more stable.

So for this, you will need some tape and you might need some scissors.

So what I'm going to do is I'm going to take some of my tape, hold on to it, and cut it off.

And what I'm going to do is I'm going to put some tape along the side of this box, and I'm going to sit it on top of my base, and I'm going to put the tape along the top of the other box.

Can you see what I've done there? Let me show you on the other side as well.

Let me take some more tape.

Remember what I did.

So I put a bit of tape on the side of the box on top, and then I put a bit of tape, like an L shape onto my base.

And now I can pick this up, turn it upside down, I can give it a wiggle, and this box is now strong and stable.

Our freestanding structure now stands up nice and strong all by itself.

So I put some of my tape in an L shape on my box and my base to hold it in place.

That's a great idea, isn't it? Let's have a look at our other technique.

Now I want to be able to attach my tube to my base, so let's see how we're going to do that.

So let's see how we can successfully attach, join this tube to its base.

So for this, we'll need some scissors and some glue.

So the first thing I'm going to do is to make some little snips, some little cuts around the bottom of my tube.

So I put my scissors in and I do a little cut, just a little one, not too long, and not too short.

And I leave a little gap and I do it again.

Let me show you a close-up version.

Okay, so take my scissors, leave a little gap, and do a little snip.

And I do this all the way around, each time leaving a little gap in between each cut.

So it's not a long cut, but it's also not a really, really short cut.

Now what we can do, is we can open up all of those snips that we made around the bottom.

And we have now made ourselves something that we can use to attach the tube to the base.

Let me show you.

So now what I can do, using this that I've made on the bottom of my tube, I can put some glue on here.


And then we can use this part to stick our tube to our base and it becomes much more stable, so it can become a freestanding structure.

So now when I pick it up, my tube doesn't fall off like it did before.

So we've attached the tube to the base, using a special technique.

I've got one more little technique to show you.

So this technique is actually really similar to the one I just showed you.

But this time, instead of cutting the tube to make this fanned out shape here, we're actually going to make that, using some of our paper.

So we're going to mark out on our paper, and then we'll attach it to our tube.

Let me show you.

So I've got some of my paper here, and I'm going to draw myself a line all the way down, about as thick as one of your fingers.

I'm going to draw that line down there.


Can you see that? I have drawn a nice straight line marking out a space about as long as your finger, and then I'm going to cut this out very safely using my scissors.

There we go.

I'm now going to check to see if it's the right size for my tube.

So I'm going to wrap it around and check.

Ooh, at the moment, I can see it's a little bit big.

So I'm going to mark on my paper where I'm going to cut it off.

So follow down that mark.

It's a little bit too long, so I'm going to cut that bit off.

Now, what we're going to do is we're going to cut up our paper just like we did with the toilet tube.

So remember, using your scissors safely, just a little chop, leaving a little gap each time, cutting up the paper.

Try and keep all of those cuts exactly the same size.

Okay? Let me show you what to do next.

So now what I'm going to do is I'm going to put some glue above where the cuts are.

So put some of your glue above the cuts.

I'm going to wrap this around my tube.

Now the bits that we have cut need to come off the end of the tube, so I wouldn't stick it all the way up here, because that wouldn't work.

I'm going to stick it low so the bits that we have cut are flapping off the end.

And I'm going to wrap that round.

nice and tight.

Pat it down.

And now what we can do is we can fold out those cuts that we have made.

And we can put some glue on the bottom of these, and stick them onto our base, just like this.

So we had a go cutting the tube and glueing it down.

But now we also know we can use the same technique by adding some paper that we have cut onto the bottom of our tube and sticking that on our base as well.

When you're making your freestanding structure today, I wonder which one you might choose.

Now, it is your turn to get making.

This is your independent learning time.

So what you're going to do for me today is make a really interesting structure, a freestanding structure for Humpty Dumpty's garden.

Should I tell you what I'm going to make? I've got all my components ready.

So I have my base.

It is important you have a base.

And I'm going to use a tube that I have painted black.

Now I'm going to use one of my techniques to attach this onto here.

I am then going to add some wings on both sides.

Can you tell what it is yet? I'm also going to stick on some googly eyes and I have got some pipe cleaners, as antenna-like.


That's right.

I am going to make Humpty Dumpty a butterfly freestanding structure for his garden.

I wonder what will you make for your structure for Humpty Dumpty? Don't forget, he wants it to be interesting to look at while he's sitting on his wall.

Okay, so you're going to pause the video.

You're going to make me a freestanding structure.

Make sure you join your tubes and your boxes to your base carefully for me, like Miss Larham showed you.

And then you're going to decorate it.

And then you're going to press play when you have made it for Humpty Dumpty to see your amazing creations.

Good luck, have fun, and I'll see you very soon.

Welcome back, everybody.

I hope you had great fun making your freestanding structure for Humpty Dumpty's garden.

I had a great time making my butterfly, and I hope you enjoyed making yours too.

Now, I'm wondering, everybody, can you just check for me? Is it freestanding? Does your structure stand up by itself? If you pick it up and put it down, does it still stand up all by itself? Can you check for me? Do it with me.

Pick it up, put it down.


You have been so successful today.

You have made me a freestanding structure, a structure that stands up by itself.

And you've also made it really interesting to look at.

Humpty Dumpty is going to be so impressed with us, again, isn't he? Thank you for taking part, everybody.

It is time for our exit quiz, and we've got one big question before you go.

Now, today, we made a special type of structure.

That structure has a special name.

What type of structure did we make today? Is is called freestanding or low standing? This type of structure we made today, is it freestanding or low standing? Few seconds to think.

Freestanding or low standing structure? Okay.

Ready to tell me now? Of course, it is.

We've said this word lots of times, haven't we? Today we made a freestanding structure, and that means it can stand up strong and stable all by itself.

Well done.

Amazing exit quiz.

Now, before you go, you might like to share your work today with Oak National.

And if you do that, I get to see the amazing freestanding structures that you have made today.

So if you'd like to, please ask your parent or carer to share your work on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, tagging @OakNational and #LearnwithOak.

I loved that amazing lesson.

I am so proud of what you have achieved today.

I really look forward to seeing you next time, everybody.