Lesson 1: Exploring Sliders and Levers

Pupils explore how levers and sliders work, by making examples of each from templates and learn about the direction of movements and the mechanisms required to make these work

Learning objectives

  • Exploring making mechanisms
  • Understanding that levers and sliders are mechanisms
  • Knowing that levers and sliders can make things move
  • Using words to describe movement: up, down, left, right, vertical and horizontal
  • Creating moving models that use levers and sliders

Lesson Plan

Exploring levers and sliders
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Demonstration Resources
Car and Rabbit Resource

Exploring Levers and Sliders

Created by:
Kapow Primary, 
Design & Technology specialist
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