Lesson 1: Pivots, levers and linkages

Looking at everyday 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

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To look at objects and understand how they move

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:


  • Explore and evaluate a range of existing products

Technical knowledge

  • Explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles] in their products

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Repetition and physical examples of products from the Activity: Levers and linkages.


Pupils working at greater depth: Challenge the children to find items from within the classroom that have levers and linkages, similar to those shown in the Activity: Levers and linkages.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Tom Turnham,  
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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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