Lesson 1: Designing the structure

Children learn what a windmill is and consider the design criteria according to the needs of their client - the mouse who lives in the windmill

Learning Objectives

  • Including individual preferences and requirements in a design

  • Describing the purpose of structures

  • Knowing what a windmill is

  • Understanding the importance of a clear design criteria

  • Understanding what a net is

Lesson Plan

About windmills and designing the windmill structure
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Teacher Video: Making the windmill structure

Note that this Teacher Video is the same as the Teacher Video in Lesson 2

Pupil Video: Designing and making a windmill

Note that this Pupil Video is the same as the Pupil Video in Lesson 2

Presentation: Types of windmill

Presentation: Design criteria


Activity: Structure and roof net
Activity: Turbine template
Activity: Design criteria
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Vicki Risianova,  
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After 4 years of being a TV and radio presenter, Vicki headed to the secondary classroom where she spent 12 years teaching Design and Technology as well as PE. Working as a subject leader, she ran D&T tournaments and weekly…
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