The FHS cabin project was set up to create a holistic learning experience for our pupils. The venture helps the boys develop important technical skills in areas such as maths, construction, woodwork, planning, ordering materials and PPE awareness, as well as essential life skills like problem solving, decision making, working as part of a team, and communicating effectively.
The cabin is being built in the school grounds, as far as possible using local resources. This year we have been fortunate to have expert support from Marek and Laura from ‘Simple Shelters’ who have joined the boys and staff at Falkland House School to continue the building work.
Firstly, the boys had to think about who would be using the cabin and what it would be used for. This led to them producing ideas for a floor plan. They then took these ideas into the cabin to see how well they fitted into the actual space.
This process is known as developing a Design Brief. This is what they came up with:
To design a space for the pupils to hang out and spend time in
(approx. 6-7 boys at a time)
It must have:
comfy seats like a sofa and bean bags
a projector to watch films and play games
a table with chairs to sit, work and eat at
a platform with a bed for staying over
a second door or hatch for a fire escape
a stove for heating and sitting around
a small fridge for food
a separate room for hammocks that also has sensory features
The Floor Plan:
Over the past year, the boys have worked on the decking, handrail, window and door fittings, membrane fitting, circulation, batons, cladding and insulation, performing their tasks with enthusiasm and self-confidence.
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