Mechanical Systems: Pneumatic toys

Pupils design and create a toy with a pneumatic system, learning how trapped air can be used to create a product with moving parts while also building on their design knowledge. They will then be introduced to thumbnail sketches and exploded diagrams

Choose your lesson

Lesson 1: Exploring pneumatics

In this practical lesson, children investigate and explore different pneumatic systems

Lesson 2: Designing a pneumatic toy

The children use their understanding of pneumatics to design their own pneumatics toys through thumbnail sketches and exploded diagrams

Lesson 3: Making pneumatic toys

Children create a working pneumatic system and casing for their toys

Lesson 4: Decorating and assembling my toy

Pupils add decorations and assemble the final components to complete their pneumatic toys

Assess your pupils

Assessment quiz and Knowledge catcher. These can be used at the start of the unit to access where pupils are in their learning as well as the end of the unit to assess progress. Go to assessment resources