Mechanisms: Fairground Wheel

This topic brings together the children’s knowledge of mechanisms and structures. They design and create their own ferris wheels, considering how the different components fit together so that their wheels rotate and their structures stands freely. They select appropriate materials and develop their cutting and joining skills to create a final product

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Lesson 1: Design a ferris wheel

Children recap how wheels work, evaluate existing big wheels and create a design for their own fairground wheel


Lesson 2: Planning the build

Through exploration and experimentation, children work out the most suitable materials and techniques for creating their wheels


Lesson 3: Building the frame and wheels

Using their knowledge of structures, children build their frames and wheels before assembling their fairground rides, adapting their designs as necessary


Lesson 4: Adding pods and decoration

Children add their pods and final touches to their fairground wheels, ensuring that it can still rotate freely