KS1-Structures

This list supports learning about mechanical systems with 5–7-year-olds, including levers, sliders, wheels and axles. It provides ideas for developing skills used in D&T through focussed practical tasks as well as ideas for projects. In the resources there are lots of opportunities for children to work on exploring different structures looking at their purpose and how they are have been designed and built. This will help them when designing and making their own structures, then evaluating them deciding on how and what they can use to make them stronger, stiffer and more stable. Ideas for D&T projects include a range of relevant contexts including home, school, industry and the wider environment so children may design and create structures for a particular purpose and audience.