The Fairground Ride

Steve King
1998, Vol. 3, No. 3,


Fairgrounds are a popular topic both at Key Stage 2 and 3. It is a context which is familiar to many children from first hand experience and there are a number of useful videos and printed materials which support work in this area. The children are able to produce models which move in a variety of ways, which they find stimulating. The introduction of the project to a class of Year 8 children in a Forces school in Germany is discussed and details given of appropriate FPTs (Focused Practical Tasks) and IDEAs (Investigative, Disassembly and Evaluative Activities) which were carried out. Finishing techniques were trialled and evaluated to ensure a quality finish. Throughout, the evaluation of the project draws out some useful pointers for those who intend to carryout the project themselves.

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