Upper Key Stage 2

Year 6 Mechanical systems: Automata Toys

Using woodworking materials and skills, pupils make and construct a window display using an automata mechanism; measuring and cutting their materials, assembling the frame, choosing cams, designing the characters that sit on the followers and also finishing with a foreground and background

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  • Lesson 1: Making the Frame

    Using the cutting list provided and an engineers square, children carefully measure, mark and cut the materials required to make a frame, drilling holes into their pieces as required

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  • Lesson 2: Assembling the Frame

    Children continue to cut the pieces for their automata frame then assemble it using a glue gun

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  • Lesson 3: Experimenting with Cams

    After experimenting with a number of cams, pupils discover that the motion of the cam depends on its shape and based on their research, decide on the cams they will use in their automata toys

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  • Lesson 4: Finishing Touches

    Using card children make a background and foreground for their frame by measuring against their framework, then secure the cams with a glue gun and attach the followers with tape

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