PSHE KS2 / KS3: A career as a stonemason

Chris Berridge is a stonemason who enjoys his hands-on job.

His natural skills were spotted during a work experience placement and he has been a stonemason ever since.

Through his eyes, we learn more about the clever craft of carving and blasting, as he engraves decorative stone.

Measurements are key. We get a real sense of his attention to detail and passion for his work with stone.

Teacher Notes

Pupils could be asked if they have ever visited a castle or cathedral and to describe from memory what the shape of the building looked like from the outside and what the textures of the walls and architectural structures looked like from the inside.

The class can then work in groups to design their own modern-day castle.

Where would the building be located? What materials would they use? What features could they include to make their castle design original?

The children should be asked to consider how to design a building that is as secure and functional as it is unique before presenting their drawings to the rest of the class.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Modern Studies and Design and Technology at KS2 and KS3 in England and Wales, and 2nd level and National 4 and 5 in Scotland.

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