What would you
design if you were allowed to build a new place to play? This term's homework
is all about designing a place which can be enjoyed by everyone in their
spare time. Think carefully about all the different people who might like
to use the park and what they would need. This homework is to be handed
is a spare, overgrown piece of land in your village. It is being used as
a dumping ground for rubbish and it looks very unpleasant. You hear some
older residents talking about how they would like somewhere to sit and chat
during the warm summer afternoons and you have often thought that it would
be a good place for a children's play park. You talk to your older sister,
who has a young baby and find that she too would like somewhere safe for
her baby to play. IT'S TIME FOR ACTION!
Write a list of all the different types of people who would
like to be able to use the waste ground. Write down the ways in which
they might like to use the space and the times of day that it would be
used. Remember that people of different ages will need different things.
Write a letter to the council to explain your ideas for using
the waste ground. You will need to persuade them that the park will be
well used, by many different types of people, so use your information
from last week to help you. Try to think of as many reasons as possible
why the waste ground should be made more attractive.
You have written to the council asking them to help but you
still need to know exactly what people want. You decide to hold a meeting,
so a poster to advertise the meeting must be produced. Design an eye catching
poster to explain where and when the meeting will be held. You need to
give people an idea of what will be discussed at the meeting.
In order to show what could be done on the waste ground you
design a piece of playing apparatus for young children. Draw the apparatus
and explain how it is suitable for children of a particular age group.
Describe some of the other features of the park and how you
would make areas suitable for people of all ages and fitness. You can
include plans and diagrams as well as written descriptions.
It's finally the day of the meeting. You have plans of what you
think should be in the new park and you have persuaded members of the council
and other interested people to attend. Write a play script of part of the
meeting. Remember to use stage directions to help the reader to understand
the way in which to act out the part.
The meeting is over and exciting things are going on in the village.
The local newspaper hears of the 'Park Project' and there is a report written
about it. Write the newspaper report, explaining how the project started and
what the end result will be. Include quotes from local residents and re member
that not everyone will be pleased about it! You can include maps and 'photographs'
of before and after.