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Hi team and welcome to this week's construction lesson with me, Mrs Garrard.

Now I know that this week, our theme has been "Under The Sea." Today, I thought that we could make an underwater cave.

Let me share my screen with you.

So today, our task is going to be to make an underwater cave.

To do that, first we'll need to think about what an underwater cave looks like.

Then we'll create our cave and then we'll share your creation.

You could share your creation at home with your family, you could even share it with me, on Twitter.

You'll have to ask your parent or carer to help you to do that.

For our lesson today, you will need, a shoe box, an egg box, or a cereal box, just an empty box really.

Doesn't matter what size it is.

It just needs to be empty.

You'll need some glue, some scissors, some tape, some stones and some shells, if you have them, some paint, some paper, some tissue paper and pipe cleaners.

Pause the video now and gather your resources.

Once you've got them, come back and restart the video.

Great job, already? Let's go.

First, we're going to think about what an underwater cave looks like.

I've got two pictures here for you to look at.

And I could notice in the pictures, the first one, it looks quite dark.

I can see that the edges of the cave are a little bit jaggedy.

I see some sand on the floor, also some shells and some stones.

And the second picture is a lot brighter.

You can see lots of fish swimming around in the cave.

I still see shells and sand and stones on the floor.

And I also see some seaweed.

Those are things that we could include in our underwater cave.

Let's get ready to make our cave.

I'm going to play a video.

You'll have to watch and listen very carefully to my instructions.

Let's go.

First, I found my box.

This is a "Weetabix" box 'cause I've just finished my "Weetabix".

I'm using some tape to tape up the flaps, so that it doesn't open and it stays stuck down and secure.

Think I'll need two pieces of tape to make sure they stay stuck.

Pushing it down to make sure it's secure.

And on the edges.

We don't want our box to open up.

The last bit of tape on the last edge.


Next, we're going to need to use our scissors to cut a hole in the box.

You might need some help from an adult to start this off.

It's a little bit tricky.

We're going to cut a rectangle shape.

Rectangle has two long sides and two short sides.

We're going to cut a rectangle shape out of our box to make our cave shape.

Being super careful to mind my fingers with the scissors.

If you find this a little bit tricky, you could ask your adult to help you.

Once I've cut out the rectangle, the next thing I'm going to need to do, is paint the outside of my box grey, to make it look like a cave.

A cave is made of rocks and rocks are usually grey.

You could choose grey or a dark colour.

Maybe you could choose black.

Then I'm going to use blue inside, to paint the inside of my box, to make it look like the sea.

I'm squirting this straight into the box but you might use a pot.

Use my paintbrush to spread all the paint around.

I'm going to do the bottom of the box, the top of the box and both of the sides, so that it's all blue, just like the sea.

The next thing that I'm going to do, is find some grey paint and paint the top of the box and the sides of the box, to make it look like a grey cave, to make it look like stone or rock.

You don't have paint, you could maybe stick some paper on there.

That's another way of changing the colour.

The next thing I'm going to do, is use my thumb to make some thumbprints.

I wonder what will change these thumbprints into.

You'll find out a little bit later.

Dip in my thumb, in the paint, and then printing it onto the paper.

First I'm using the yellow.

And then I'll use the orange to do the same thing.

Dip my thumb in.

Push it onto the paper to make a print.

I wonder if you can guess what we might make them into a little bit later.

Keep that thought in your head.

I wonder if you'll be right.

It's sticking to my finger, or my thumb.

Last one.

Now we'll need to wait for the paint to dry.

We'll have to be patient and wait for the paint to dry.

Let's go to the next.

So once our paint is dry, first we'll pause the video here, you can wait for your paint to dry.

Maybe you could go outside and do something in the garden.

Or maybe you could play with a toy at home while your paint dries.

Once the paint has dried, come back, start the video again.

Now we get to see what happens next in the next part of building our cave.

So now the paint has all dried.

You could use some glue to stick something on the bottom to make it look like a sandy bottom of the cave.

I'm using some sandpaper, but if you don't have sandpaper, you could use some yellow tissue paper, or just some yellow paper.

Or maybe you could paint it yellow.

Being very careful to push it down to make sure it sticks.

Now I have sand at the bottom of my cave, just like in the pictures I've showed you.

The next thing I'm going to do is add some glue to the back of my cave.

Remember in the pictures we saw that they had some seaweed.

I've got some strips of tissue paper that I'm going to add to the back of the cave to make it look like seaweed.

Seaweed is growing in the cave.

Fish like to hide in the seaweed.

I wonder how many pieces I've put, I've got one, two, and another one, that's three.

The next thing I'm going to do-- I have another little bit of tissue paper to put on to make my seaweed.

Look, there are my thumbprints again.

Let's find out what we're going to do with the thumbprints.

I've got a pen.

And I'm going to draw onto the thumbprints to make them look like something.

I wonder if you can guess what they are.

I'm drawing some wiggly lines to make a tail.

Tell the screen when you've guest what it is.

Oh, great job, you've recognised it.

It's a fish.

I've added some fins and a smile.

I did that to all of the thumbprints.

I added features.

And then I cut them out and stuck them to the back of our cave.

Now I'm twisting some pipe cleaners together to make some more seaweed.

Twisting the pipe cleaners together and making them look a little bit like seaweed.

And then, I'm going to put them at the bottom of our cave.

I have two big stones there and I'm going to put the stones in and then push the seaweed, pipe cleaners, between the stones.

Here go the stones.

One, two, you might be able to find some stones in your garden, on your daily walk.

There we go.

Push the pipe cleaners in between.

Now, I'm going to add some shells, just like the shells we saw at the bottom of the cave in the pictures I've showed you.

And that's mine.

Let's see if we can find a picture of my final cave.

There it is.

Do you see? The thumbprint fish are swimming at the back of the cave in between the pieces of seaweed.

Team, I wonder if you could make a cave just like that.

I would really love to see your creations.

So maybe you could share them on Twitter.

You'll need to ask you adult, or parent, or carer to help you to do that.

You could share them with @OakNational with the hashtag #LearnWithOak or #ONAReception.

I really can't wait to see your beautiful creations.

Bye team.