Lesson 4: Wacky races

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

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To build a moving vehicle

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May benefit from working with a partner on the more practical elements of construction and may need reminding of what their next step is.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should evaluate how accurate their design is in relation to their model. Can they adapt their plan/model further to make their vehicle work better? Have they tested their vehicle? How?

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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