Art and Design / DT KS2: Designing a portable bird hide

Mechanical engineer Abbie Hutty helps a team of children to research, design and make a portable bird hide for children to use at a local nature reserve.

They research the main features of a bird hide and a range of other temporary structures and discuss the pros and cons of the different shapes and the materials used for their design.

They construct models and test the properties of different fabrics, before making a prototype.

They then invite the Ranger, together with some young birdwatchers, to give their feedback.

This clip is from Design Challenge, a series in which groups of children tackle some difficult creative projects with the help of talented young engineers.

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used to introduce the process of design, and as a prompt for class discussion and learning in areas such as initial research, designing and making a product.

It could also be used to improve pupils knowledge of building a structure and the properties of different materials.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Art and Design and Design and Technology at KS2 in England, KS1 and KS2 in Northern Ireland, Design and Technology at KS2 in Wales and at 2nd Level in Scotland.

More from the series: Design Challenge

How to design packaging for soft fruit using 2D and 3D software
How to design a nightlight for a toddler
How to design and make a rainwater harvester
How to design and make a swimming bag
How to design and make a moving shop window display