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

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding how wheels move

  • Identifying what mechanism makes a toy or vehicle roll forwards

  • Knowing that in order for a wheel to move it must be attached to an axle

  • Drawing and labelling a diagram of an axle, wheel and axle holder

Lesson Plan

How do wheels move?
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Teacher Video: How do wheels move?

Presentation: Wheels and axles images


Activity: Wheels and axles images (one per group)
Activity: Wheels and axles - Key vocabulary (optional for children needing more support)
Activity: Wheel, axle and axle holder model guide
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Tom Turnham,  
Design & Technology specialist
Tom has been a teacher for seven years and, as Head of Upper School at The Belham Primary School, he has a keen interest in young people and good causes. For the past seventeen years he has volunteered with various…
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