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Building a new Southbourne with Year 6

As part of our whole school topic, 'Discovering Southbourne', we have also been out and about this term getting to know our local surroundings in more detail. Year 6 focused on housing; in particular the new development by Seaward Properties on the A259.

At the start of the topic we were given a guided tour of the  site and an explanation of how plans are developed. We even got the chance to measure out the dimensions of the first house to be built. The following week, we all visited the Weald and Downland Museum at Singleton to investigate how house building has changed over the centuries.

Back in school, Year 6 have been very busy in science and design technology. Firstly, have investigated insulation as we need to keep our houses warm. Our main focus has been on developing our own model housing development. Once the planning stage was completed we then got on with the building process. Everybody constructed a wooden framed house and then designed a garden: raised flower beds, swimming pools and even decking was evident. Once the houses were completed we arranged our own housing estate in the hall and invited everybody to come and see our finished development.

In maths we have worked out the cost of fencing an estate as well as drawing our own plans. Finally, in English we wrote stories about an old abandoned house: this gave us the opportunity to use all our writing skills that we had been taught in Year 6.