Building Houses

The children in Onyx class have noticed that everyday the houses across the road from school are getting a little taller! You can even hear some very noisy machines at the building site from our outside area! We have been getting very curious, so we decided to go and have a look!

We seen lots of interesting things at the building site, and the children were very curious about which materials were best for building houses! Most of our houses are made out of bricks!

Abdul, “They have bricks and cement and that makes it stick”.

We enjoyed reading the story of the three little pigs and the Big Bad Wolf and finding out how they built their houses! In fact we loved the story so much, we decided to act it out ourselves with children being our favourite characters in the story!

Lots of us have been exploring different materials to build houses! We tested some different materials to see who could build the strongest house: some bricks, some staws, and some sticks. Then we had lots of fun using Miss Boyd’s haridryer as the Big Bad wolf! As we suspected the lego brick houses were the only houses not to blow away!

The children have also been doing some fantastic teamwork in the workshop, transforming a boring old cardboard box, into a beautiful house fit for the three little pigs to live in!

We have had such fun learning about houses and the three little pigs, we decided next week we wanted to learn even more about houses!

What have we been learning?

  • About our immediate environment, and different types of professions such as builders.
  • About how to stay safe when out and about walking as a class.
  • Exploring different types of materials.
  • Learning to enjoy and retell traditional tales

How can you carry on learning at home?

  • Visit your local Libary and borrow a copy of three little pigs, there are lots of different versions available.
  • Talk to your child about different occupations.
  • provide your child with old boxes and materials for designing and building things! Let their imaginations run wild!

Buildings, Structures and Homes

We had a great time in the first half of Spring term learning all about Buildings, Structures and Homes. The children decided this was what they wanted to learn about while we get ready for our New School.

First we asked the children what they would want to learn about…….


We read the story of the Three Little Pigs and it became our storytelling text for the half term.. Look on the blog for a post about our storytelling. The children thought about what they would use to build a house if the big bad wolf came to Manor Top and why that would be the best material.


Once some of the children had decided on the bricks to build a solid wall for the house the used the rest of the materials to create the rest of the house. Doesn’t it look great?

There were lots of other building activities for us to do too. We had great fun exploring them all. There was more going on than we could take photos of to show you!

The children loved the freedom and creativity of the role play area which they could make anything they wanted to be.


One our favourites was using the sand cement to build sticking the blocks together. If you want to make some at home just mix shaving foam with some sand- it’s that easy 🙂

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There were lots of Elsa castles popping up all over the place but these ones with the sugar cubes were particularly popular.  What could you build from using materials at your house?

During the whole school Safety Week, Stephen from the new build came to talk to us about being safe on and near building sites. He also showed us some pictures of what our new school is going to look like. It was very exciting to see the pictures and we can’t wait to see it for real.


We’ll try and put some more pictures up of the new build as we get them. Keep looking back to check…..