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 and Technology specialist
After 4 years of being a TV and radio presenter, Vicki headed to the secondary classroom where she spent 12 years teaching Design and Technology as well as PE. Working as a subject leader, she ran D&T tournaments and weekly…
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