Lesson 2: Fixing broken wheels

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

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To identify what stops wheels from turning

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Explore and use mechanisms in their product
  • Explore and evaluate a range of existing products

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need to be asked more questions or given scenarios to help them identify solutions. They may also benefit from working with a partner to write down shared ideas on the repair tickets.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be pushed to use more technical and precise language to explain the problems and solutions. They could also be asked to design another broken car (with a different defect).

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Tom Turnham,  
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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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