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Plenary /

Assessment

Elli Based

Activity

Whole class teaching

Connecting Activity

Focus Question

Wallace and Gromit DVD / website

Examples of technical drawings

N.B. If you wanted to broaden this lesson focus  you could look at the Great Victorian Achievements animation at:

www.bbc.co.uk/history/society_culture/society/launch_ani_victorian_achieve.shtml

With-in the groups children compare their plans – which one do they think would be most effective? Why?

As a whole class discuss how different people take an initial idea and develop it in different ways. Are any right / or wrong? Would the product be more successful if elements of each were integrated together? Why / why not?

In pairs or groups children decide on the task their mechanism will be for.

Children mind-map potential solutions / resources and carry out research to add to this.

Once ideas have been collated children need to agree on a potential design to take forward.

Individually, they take this idea and draw designs with their own slant.

Watch a clip from a Wallace and Gromit DVD or view a invention from the website:

www.wallaceandgromit.com

With talk partners discuss what everyday tasks would they like to have automated. Mime to the class for them to guess –guessing should help the children to think of links with existing products and to analyse the type of movement made – what mechanisms can imitate that?

Share some examples of technical drawing and demonstrate the skills of measuring / scale / proportion…

What does engineering mean to you? What recent inventions have there been in the news recently? – consider what engineering principles they have used. Why do people invent – what is their motivation?

What mechanism would you design to perform  an everyday task?

[Alternatively:

1) children could design a gadget to perform a specialist function – e.g. for fictional characters in the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz

2) children could design and make an alternative, innovative use for Brunel’s stovepipe hat, re: www.brunel200.com for information on this competition]

SUBJECT: Science / D.T.

ELLI

Curiosity

Meaning Making

Changing

Resilience

Strategic Awareness

Creativity

Learning Relationships

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