Lesson 3: Designing a vehicle

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

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • I can design a moving vehicle

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and technology

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May benefit from using the Activity: Vehicle design sheet with template so that they can focus on drawing the mechanism.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should measure each of the items in their design and add these measurements to their designs, possibly drawing their vehicles to scale.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
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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