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Making Fire Engines

£12.00
SKU D12CS80100
Key Stage 1 Mechanisms and Mechanical Systems Design & Technology Year 1 Year 2

Get your children excited about fire engines with this fun ‘Making Fire Engines’ DT scheme of work for KS1. Your class will explore modern fire engines and their features, before exploring, designing, creating and evaluating their own model fire engine using wheels, axles and chassis. There’s the option to look at 17th century fire engines too as part of a ‘Great Fire of London’ topic. Containing lesson plans, presentations and printable resources, these fun and engaging lessons are pre-prepared so you can get on with teaching and your class can get on with learning!

 
#TheCompleteSeries6lessons

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.

#Lesson1ExploringFireEngines

In the first lesson in this series, children will explore modern fire engines and their features, looking at what features are common to all vehicles and which are specific to fire engines. There is also the opportunity to look at a 17th century fire engine to compare how they are similar and different to modern fire engines.

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Label cards
  • Picture cards
#Lesson2WheelsAxlesandChassis

In this lesson, children will explore how wheels, axles and chassis work together to create the base of a fire engine. They will explore different ways of attaching the chassis to the axles using different methods and materials.

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Challenge sheet
  • Differentiated worksheets
#Lesson3BodyBuilding

Children will investigate different ways of creating the body of a fire engine, using materials such as cardboard boxes, lolly sticks and other craft materials. They will explore how to create features such as ladders and fire hoses, considering which materials and tools are best suited for different tasks.

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated challenge cards
  • Differentiated worksheets
#Lesson4OurDesigns

Now that your class have investigated some of the different materials, tools and methods they will use for constructing a fire engine, they will have the chance to complete a design. Children are challenged to either design a modern fire engine or a 17th century fire engine.


What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Picture cards
#Lesson5Creation

And now for the fun part! Using their designs from the previous lesson, children work to design criteria to create their moving fire engines using a variety of materials, tools and techniques.


What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
#Lesson6Evaluation

In the final lesson in this series, children will evaluate their own fire engines, as well as fire engines made by their peers. They will consider what went well, what could be improved upon and what they could do differently if they were to make their fire engines again.

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Question cards
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Curriculum Objectives covered
  • KS1 - design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • KS1 - generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology.
  • KS1 - select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing
  • KS1 - select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics
  • KS1 - explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • KS1 - evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria
  • KS1 - explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products
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