Mechanisms: Wheels and axles

Children learn about the main components of a wheeled vehicle; experiment with mechanisms to help them develop their understanding of how wheels, axels and axel holders work; assume the role of a mechanic to problem-solve why wheels won't rotate; demonstrate learning by designing and building their own moving vehicles.

Choose your lesson

Lesson 1: How do wheels move?

After investigating how wheels move on a variety of different objects, pupils create a simple version of a wheel mechanism, including an axle, wheel and axle holder

Lesson 2: Fixing broken wheels

Children see examples of wheels that do not work and use their problem-solving skills to diagnose the issue.

Lesson 3: Designing a vehicle

Children learn the different components of a vehicle with moving wheels and design a moving vehicle of their own.

Lesson 4: Wacky races

Using their designs, children build and then test their vehicles.

Assess your pupils

Assessment quiz and Knowledge catcher. These can be used at the start of the unit to access where pupils are in their learning as well as the end of the unit to assess progress. Go to assessment resources

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