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.

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To assemble the components of my structure

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]
  • Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics
  • Explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • Build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
  • Explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Have a demonstration windmill available for the children to look at more closely and, if possible, a spare turbine which has been folded for them to dismantle.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should work independently to cut and assemble their own structures accurately and include a roof structure too.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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