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

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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Presentation: Exploring sliders and movement

Put into full screen mode and the presentation shows movement of levers and sliders


Activity: Demonstrating sliders
Created by:
Kapow Primary, 
Design & Technology specialist
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