Pupils measure a bottle and then design a box that will hold 12 bottles.
- National Curriculum levels 6 to 7
- 30 minutes to 1 hour
- Ruler, pencil, and paper; scissors available (if requested by pupils)
Key Processes involved
- Identify the significant parts of the bottle to measure and formulate a suitable box design
- Translate the appropriate measurements to a net
- Interpreting and evaluating
- After designing the net, imagine it folded
- Communicating and reflecting
- Draw the box design clearly and label it well
Check that pupils understand the context, for example, you could bring in a bottle to help them visualise the problem. It may also be helpful to have some rectangular boxes folded from nets. Comments could be as follows:
- The diagrams on your sheet show two views of the bottle drawn accurately full size
- The left hand diagram shows a view of the bottle from the top.
- What is the diameter of the cap?
- The diagram shows the bottle from one side. Why is there no diagram of the bottle from another side?
- What is a net?
Pupils can tackle this task in different ways, but they might be expected to:
- recognise and use common 2D representations of 3D objects