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.

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To evaluate my project and adapt my design

National curriculum

Evaluate

  • Explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

Technical knowledge

  • 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

Differentiation

Pupils needing extra support: Could work as part of a guided group, testing each point in the success criteria in the same way.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should independently adapt their windmill according to what they have found through testing.   Should use appropriate vocabulary to describe the components.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding

Vocabulary

Created by:
Vicki Risianova,  
Design & Technology specialist
After 4 years of being a TV and radio presenter, Vicki headed to the secondary classroom where she spent 12 years teaching Design and Technology as well as PE. Working as a subject leader, she ran D&T tournaments and weekly…
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