Lesson 2: Making linkages

Children experiment with making the linkages that will enable their monsters to move, varying the width, length and thicknesses of the card they use and demonstrating to the class the success of these adaptations.

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: Could be provided with pre-cut card to create their linkage systems with.


Pupils working at greater depth: Encourage experimentation in order for them to produce more creative linkages.

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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