Lesson 3: Making pneumatic toys

Children create a working pneumatic system and casing for their toys

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To create a pneumatic system

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design
  • Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks
  • Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities
  • Understand and use mechanical systems in their products (for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages)

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Differentiation

Pupils needing extra support: Should keep their toy simple and use pre-made shapes (packaging).

 

Pupils working at greater depth: Should create their own nets on card for the housing.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding

Vocabulary

Created by:
Vicki Risianova,  
Design & Technology specialist
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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