Lesson 2: Designing the car body

Understanding that the shape of a car body can either increase or decrease the speed it travels, children design car bodies to cover their chassis from Lesson 1

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To design a shape that reduces air resistance

National curriculum

Design

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 ƒ
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design

 

Evaluate

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Investigate and analyse a range of existing products
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Differentiation

Pupils needing extra support: May need support to apply air resistant shapes to their car.

 

Pupils working at greater depth: Will apply their understanding of reducing air resistance to create a car shape that will travel faster.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress 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 Design and Technology as well as PE. Working as a subject leader, she ran D&T tournaments and weekly…
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