Lesson 1: Pivots, levers and linkages

Looking at every day objects, children learn that a lever is something that turns on a pivot and that a linkage is a system of levers that are connected by pivots

Learning Objectives

  • Looking at objects and understanding how they move

  • Understanding that mechanisms are a collection of moving parts that work together in a machine

  • Knowing there is always an input and output in a mechanism

  • Identifying mechanisms in everyday objects

  • Understanding that a lever is something that turns on a pivot

  • Understanding that a linkage is a system of levers that are connected by pivots

  • Devising a class Design Criteria for a Moving Monster

Teacher Videos: Pivots, levers and linkages

Presentation: Moving monster examples

Presentation: Levers and linkages

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Resources

Activity: Levers and linkages (x 1 per child)
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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 DesignTo make, draw or write plans for something. and Technology as well as PE. Working as a subject…
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