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Unit 3C - Moving Monsters
(ICT Unit 3A - Combining text and graphics)

About the Unit

This unit helps to develop children's understanding of control through investigating simple pneumatic systems and designing and making a model of a monster that has moving parts controlled by pneumatics. This could be linked to stories or poems, or another purpose. A good context is toys to amuse children who are ill in bed. The designing and making assignment requires children to develop skills in working as part of a team.

Resources for Pupils (Each link will open in a new window)

  • Kellogg's Monster Maker - monster design ideas

  • Scholastic Monster Maker - monster design ideas

  • Dinosaur Print-outs - Click on a dinosaur's name to go to a black-and-white print-out. These activities are designed as academic print-outs, for making a dinosaur book, for cut-outs used in dinosaur crafts, for coloring, for stencils, and other uses.

Resources for Teachers (Each link will open in a new window)

  • D&T Online - Information and resources related to electronics, food, mechanisms and more.

  • How Stuff Works - Lots of information, but not very user-friendly.

Ideas for Activities

  • Pupils combine text and graphics to record the stages of their work in a storyboard. Use digital photographs to record the sequence of their work.
  • Manipulate graphics to create a monster which can be printed out and transferred to card, wood, Perspex etc to provide the monster design.

Unit 4B - Moving Storybooks

About the Unit

Top of the page. Graphic used under license from Mindscape. Not to be copied or downloaded.This unit develops the popular activity of making greetings cards and the moving picture made in key stage 1. Children research the content of the book and design and make a book that is finished to a high standard, with pages that incorporate moving parts, including linkages and levers.

Children gain an understanding of linkage-type mechanisms through investigating a range of products eg books or greetings cards. Through focused practical tasks, children develop further skills and understanding relating to the construction and assembly of a range of simple mechanisms that can be incorporated into a book with moving parts. The children develop their ability to work in groups as they make decisions about the book and share out tasks.

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Unit 5C - Moving Toys

About the Unit

Top of the page. Graphic used under license from Mindscape. Not to be copied or downloaded.Children learn about controlling movement with a cam mechanism as part of a simple toy. The purpose of the toy is negotiated with the children. They develop their designing skills by using information sources to generate ideas and formulate an understanding of how cam mechanisms can be used to produce movement. They extend their making skills by developing techniques in cutting, shaping and joining to combine components and by selecting tools and equipment to measure and cut accurately. Through these activities they gain an understanding of the working characteristics of the materials and components and how they can be combined to create more useful properties. They consider both functional and decorative attributes in a finished product.

Pages from the Technology Student website have clear illustrations of cam mechanisms and how they work in a variety of toys. Each link will open in a new window:

These websites are also very useful for seeing how cams work. Each link will open in a new window:

Unit 5D - Making Biscuits (ICT Units 5C, 5D and 6B)

About the Unit

Top of the page. Graphic used under license from Mindscape. Not to be copied or downloaded.This unit develops children's skills, knowledge and understanding of food, building on the previous units in which children prepared food products using simple processes. The children learn how to adapt a basic recipe to develop a product with specified criteria. Investigation of existing products from all cultures will inform design ideas.

  • Making Biscuits Business Plan - Excel spreadsheet covering elements of ICT Units 5C, 5D and 6B (Teacher-led activity). This resource will open in a new window.
  • Making Biscuits - view spreadsheet as a web page (no functionality). This resource will open in a new window.
  • Lesson Plan (PDF) This resource will open in a new window.

Biscuit Recipe Websites (these external websites open in a new window)

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