Is this the best backpack ever?

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Lead designerElaine Chew

Planning the perfect trip takes a lot of organisation and research, but how much thought does the average person put into picking the right bag for the journey? In this module, learners consider the effects of forces and the properties of materials in order to choose the ideal bag for the trip of their dreams. Integrating the skills needed to plan a fair investigation, collect and present valid data and create a podcast, this is much more scientific than choosing their favourite colour. At the end of this module students will have gained confidence in thinking analytically and communicating complicated ideas.
DeliveryLive online
30hr course
Ages 7 - 8
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Learners will understand that when using materials, the properties of a material will determine how useful it is for particular purposes; and evidence must be collected and that this may involve practical activities - the answers will not necessarily be present in a book.
Learners will be able to frame the issue, by describing the key features of a good backpack design and the kinds of materials needed to make it; understand how to collect useful information by carrying out simple practical investigations to assess the strength of a fabric used to make a backpack; and use understanding of the forces that act in a full backpack to advise people about comfortable straps or designs for backpacks. Ultimately they will be able to communicate their findings by displaying results from surveys.
Learners become more willing to share resources and equipment as they work together on practical activities. They demonstrate collaboration by sharing results and insights as a class.
Learning outcomes

Maths and Science

  • Relate the use of materials to their physical properties
  • Identify weight as a force
  • Comparing and ordering numbers
  • Collecting and presenting numerical data

Language and Literacy

  • Development of listening skills
  • Reflective writing
  • Communication scientific ideas using writing

Technology, Innovation and the Arts

  • Using software to create a podcast
  • Using an understanding of design to create an effective poster


Modules can be delivered in short or long formats

Each module can be delivered in formats of 3 hours a day, or 1.5 hours a day. Importantly, our modules are carefully designed to ensure that even in the 3 hour format, children have a maximum exposure time of 2.5 hours total screen time per day, with a limit of 40 minutes in any one continuous block.

To find out more about how we structure our lesson engagement to foster independence and protect the eyes of our little ones, have a look at our sample camp timetable.