Mechanisms and Mechanical Systems

Mechanisms and Mechanical Systems: DT lesson planning for KS1 and KS2.

Explore how mechanisms work, and use mechanical systems such as levers, wheels, cams, gears and pulleys in products children design themselves.

With these DT schemes of work for KS1 and KS2, your class will design and make purposeful products, then bring them to life with moving parts! Each complete unit of work includes detailed information about how various mechanisms work, and are designed to ensure that learning is challenging, but age-appropriate: teaching and learning about mechanisms can be challenging in Key Stage 1, but our Design and Technology lesson plans, activities and resources are created with differentiation for a range of ages and abilities.

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  • Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures

    Year 1

    KS1

    These fun-filled KS1 Design and Technology 'Moving Pictures' lesson plans for Year 1 will get their imaginations soaring as they think up exciting and inventive ways to bring their pictures to life through a variety of moving mechanisms. They will ex... Read More

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  • Making Fire Engines

    Making Fire Engines

    Year 1

    Year 2

    KS1

    This scheme of work is also part of a Topic Bundle. Perfect if you are teaching 'The Great Fire of London' as a cross-curricular topic. Get your children excited about fire engines with this fun ‘Making Fire Engines’ DT sch... Read More

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  • Wacky Windmills

    Wacky Windmills

    Year 1

    Year 2

    KS1

    Visit a variety of windmills around the world and encourage them to get their builder hats on with this 'Wacky Windmills' scheme of work for Year 1 and 2. Your class will explore different ways of making windmill bases and sails with classroom and cr... Read More

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  • Vehicles

    Vehicles

    Year 2

    KS1

    Let your DT teaching zoom into focus with this set of Moving Vehicles KS1 lesson plans for Year 2! Your class will investigate a variety of different vehicles before undertaking the fun task of designing, making and evaluating their own vehicle. They... Read More

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  • Moving Monsters

    Moving Monsters

    Year 3

    KS2

    This set of six Moving Monsters KS2 DT lessons for Year 3 has everything you need to teach this fun, fascinating and sometimes frightening scheme of work! Your class will have the chance to get to grips with pneumatic systems before designing, making... Read More

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  • Light-Up Signs

    Light-Up Signs

    Year 3

    Year 4

    KS2

    Use woodworking DT tools and materials, card and paper or even scrap materials to make an decorative light box with illuminated words or letters. This scheme of work is structured in a way that allows you to decide precisely what tools and materials... Read More

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  • Storybooks

    Storybooks

    Year 3

    Year 4

    KS2

    Bring stories to life with this fun and imaginative module as your class create storybooks with moving mechanisms. Children will have the chance to explore moving parts in a variety of storybooks and learn how to recreate some of these moving parts u... Read More

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  • Moving Toys

    Moving Toys

    Year 5

    KS2

    Turn your classroom into a toy workshop with this series of Moving Toys KS2 lessons for Year 5 as your class investigate cam mechanisms and toys that contain them. Discover how different shaped cams can alter the movement of the follower and how to c... Read More

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  • Chinese Inventions

    Chinese Inventions

    Year 5

    Year 6

    KS2

    Use this KS2, six-lesson scheme to explore the innovative culture of ancient China and discover the inventions that have helped shape the world, including paper, the compass, gunpowder and the moveable-type printing press. With lesson plans, slidesho... Read More

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  • Programming Pioneers

    Programming Pioneers

    Year 5

    Year 6

    KS2

    Have you ever wondered how the electrical products all around us work? Challenge children to consider this and many other questions about computer-controlled products as they discover how simple computer systems may be constructed and programmed to m... Read More

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  • Fairground

    Fairground

    Year 6

    KS2

    Roll up, roll up for fun at the fair in this DT 'Fairground' module! This series of 6 lessons for Year 6 gives your class the chance to examine a variety of rotating fairground rides before designing and making their own ride using an electrical moto... Read More

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  • Moving Minibeasts

    Moving Minibeasts

    Year 1

    Year 2

    KS1

    This complete Moving Minibeasts KS1 DT scheme of work contains six fun-filled lessons where your class will learn how to make three different mechanisms to create moving minibeast pictures! Your KS1 class will explore how to construct a sliding m... Read More

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