Lesson 1: Exploring sliders and movement

Pupils learn about the direction of movements and explore the mechanisms required to make these work, by creating examples of side-to-side sliders and up-and-down sliders from templates

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To explore making mechanisms

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • Explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles]

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Will need further direction to insert the car into the cut grooves. They may need to refer back to the demonstration model. 

Pupils working at greater depthshould begin to look at how they can better control their movements using guides.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Kapow Primary, 
Design & Technology specialist
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