Key Stage 1

Year 1 Mechanisms: Making a Moving Story Book

Children experiment with levers and sliders before planning and making three pages of a moving story book, based on a familiar story. They will draw the page backgrounds, make the moving parts and assemble it.

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  • Lesson 1: Exploring Sliders and Levers

    Pupils explore how levers and sliders work, by making examples of each from templates and learn about the direction of movements and the mechanisms required to make these work

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  • Lesson 2: Design

    Children plan their moving story books against a Design Criteria using differentiated templates, deciding on the backgrounds, moving parts, mechanisms and direction of movement required

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  • Lesson 3: Construction

    Referring to their design templates from Lesson 2, children make the various elements of their moving storybooks, including bridges and guides to restrict the movement of their levers where necessary

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  • Lesson 4: Testing and Evaluation

    Pupils test their finished storybooks with their target audience of Reception children and evaluate their end result against the initial Design Criteria

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