Structures: Constructing a windmill

Inspired by the song, ‘Mouse in a windmill’, children design, decorate and build a windmill for their mouse client to live in, developing an understanding of different types of windmill, how they work and their key features.

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Lesson 1: Designing the structure

Learning what a windmill is and constructing a model windmill by reference to design criteria created for the client, Mouse, who lives in the windmill in Old Amsterdam.

Lesson 2: Assembling the structure

Having decorated their templates, pupils construct the main part of their structure, making sure that it stands freely and holds together.

Lesson 3: Assembling the windmill

Children complete their turbines, through careful cutting and folding, and attach them to their structure, testing its strength and stability.

Lesson 4: Testing and evaluating

After adding the finishing touches to their windmills, children test their structures to check that they would make a suitable home for the mouse.

Assess your pupils

Assessment quiz and Knowledge catcher. These can be used at the start of the unit to access where pupils are in their learning as well as the end of the unit to assess progress. Go to assessment resources

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