A home for Monty



We will work with you to deliver this activity in a COVID compliant way

Students will spend the day engaging in using found, recyclable materials to build a habitat for a lost mythical creature called a Snook who is called Monty. This session is adapted to meet the ages and requirements of classes. The session will require the use of teamwork, collaboration, problem solving and creativity. Discussion will draw out contemporary issues such as outdoor learning, the natural world and recycling. There will also be a careers discussion included.  

Key facts

Off campus
On campus
Full day
Key Stage
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 5
Gatsby benchmarks
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
7. Encounters with further and higher education

Example programme

10.00 to 10.30 – Welcome and Overview of Activity 

10.30 to 12.00 – Masterclass Mini Lecture/Interactive workshops  

The morning will begin with a discussion about what we mean by STEAM. This will be followed by talking about recycling and re-using materials. Students will then be introduced to ‘Monty.’  Monty is a creature called a Snook and he has become lost and the students have found him. Monty needs a home and asks them to help. He does not like being on the ground and he likes soft materials to lie on. He likes to be well sheltered but because he gets nervous he needs to see outside. Following this brief students will be asked in small groups to design and construct a home using found, recyclable materials. They will then discuss and justify their construction with the group and think about what skills they have used and which of their curriculum subjects they think they have covered. 

12.00 to 12.30 – Lunch (Students and Staff to bring own lunch) 

A chance for an informal chat and ask any questions.

12.30 to 2.00 – Masterclass Mini Lecture/Interactive Workshops 

Now we go outside. Health and safety reminders. Working in small groups. Monty is back and now he has a family. His home is under threat from deforestation. He has come to his old friends for help. He and his family need an outdoor habitat that will keep them safe. Can the students remember the criteria from this morning? The home will now need a bridge to keep away predators and the children could consider using the natural environment to build in. There will be range of larger recyclable materials for them to choose and use.  

Discussion - What skills did the students use and what is the value of  outdoor learning? How might this engage difficult to reach students?

2.00 to 2.30 – Feedback and departure 

Discussion about key points from the day.

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