How Does This Building Stay Up?

Our topic this term is ‘How Does This Building Stay Up?’ This interest provides ideas for stimulating children’s curiosity, understanding, knowledge and imagination about buildings and structures.  Throughout their experiences children will learn to take turns to share ideas, conversations and materials, understanding that playing and working together can help them get on better, build relationships and develop thinking.  Our memorable experience will be a walk around our community to explore the different types of buildings and structures.

An overview of the activities and skills that will be covered can be found below.


  • Rhyme
  • Writing sentences
  • Draw and write about their own home
  • Sequencing a familiar story
  • Non-fiction reading


  • Height
  • Measure
  • Weight
  • 2D and 3D shapes
  • Construction with shapes

Personal, Social and Emotional:

  • Share stories from the Christmas Holidays
  • New Year’s Resolutions
  • Keeping Healthy
  • Friendships
  • Road safety
  • Chinese New Year


  • Indoor apparatus – moving in different ways
  • Chinese dragon dancing

Understanding the World:

  • Similarities of environments and buildings
  • Technology
  • Similarities and differences between people and celebrations

Expressive Arts and Design:

  • Junk modelling
  • Prints and rubbings with tools
  • 2D building pictures
  • Investigating joining materials in different ways
  • Clay
  • Chinese lanterns