Bricks and stones will make our homes

28th January 2000 at 00:00
Gerald Haigh previews TES Primary's "Global Village" collection of paper dwellings.

Ever felt like building your own house? Starting next month in TES Primary, the chance will be yours. In a unique seriesintended to support the primary curriculum - in areas ranging from literacy to sustainable development - we give you a selection of paper houses which children, with the help of teachers or other adult helpers, can cut out and make. Chosen from a range of cultures, places and periods of history, and backed up by teacher notes, the houses themselves - and perhaps more importantly the process of making them - will provide starting points for activities which address teachers' central concerns. The more obvious curriculum opportunities (imaginative teachers will find many more)include:

Literacy reading instructions, group discussion, use of reference materials.

* Mathematics handling 2D and 3D shapes, patterns, relationships.

* Design amp; Technology measuring, marking out, cutting, joining, looking for improvements.

* History differences between ways of life at different times.

* Geography life in different places.

Importantly, too, the process of making the houses - probably in a small group, with an adult - will provide opportunities for observing and recording the skills and progress of children at work on a co-operative task.

The eight-part series starts with a tepee - the original and timeless mobile home - and goes on to include an Anglo-Saxon house, a Tudor house, an African round house, and more.

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