Learning resources from The Engine Shed

These resources, from The Engine Shed (Historic Environment Scotland), explore different aspects of traditional building materials.

The Engine Shed has developed resources for schools that explore different aspects of traditional building materials and made them available online. Two modules are currently available which explore iron and stone. They explain how the materials were historically used in Scotland to build, as well as the skills that were needed to make them suitable for building.

The resources are aimed at children learning at Curriculum for Excellence Level 2 (P5-P7). You can access them here.

Other downloadable learning activities are also available for children to use at home. They were initially developed as part of The Engine Shed’s conservation themed workshops. Prior to the pandemic, they ran a series of ‘Masterbuilders’ sessions for school aged visitors to look at different traditional building materials. The resources currently available are varied, including a chocolate casting activity which teaches about how iron was made and an activity to create paper models of Scotland’s historic places. Access them here.

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