Using the Nuffield approach to teaching 'structures' at Key Stage 3
This article discusses the use of knowledge and understanding in designing, focusing on the area of structures and exploring the use of an INSET session to adapt a designing and making assignment (Capability Task) so that it requires the use of particular materials and an appreciation of their structural possibilities. The use of focused practical tasks (Resource Tasks) for learning both structural principles and design strategies is described. The results of the teachers' designing and making are presented and the use of outline sketches as starting points is discussed. Finally, teachers' comments are included.