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Torches

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SKU D4CS30001
Key Stage 2 Electricity Design & Technology Year 4
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How does a torch work? This KS2 'Torches' scheme will help you show your Year 4 class the answer!
 
#TheCompleteSeries6lessons

Your class will explore different types of torches, the materials they are made out of and their varied uses, as well as investigating how torches work by creating simple circuits. After exploring which types of switches and casings are most effective and why, your class will then have the opportunity to design, make and evaluate their very own torches.

Each of the six lessons within this Torches KS2 scheme includes a detailed plan, a set of informative slides for the teaching input, differentiated activity ideas and printable resources.

 
#Lesson1FeaturesandUsesofTorches

This first Torches KS2 lesson introduces children to a variety of different torches and allows them to investigate their materials, uses and components.

Children will look at a variety of torches, identifying features and considering their uses. They then either draw and label a diagram of a torch to show its components, or in groups, examine and compare a variety of different torches.

An easy-to-follow plan, engaging slideshow and differentiated resources are all included in this first Torches KS2 lesson pack.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Discussion Cards
#Lesson2MakingSwitches

This practical Making Switches KS2 lesson gives your class the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge of simple circuits and to investigate how to make different switches that would be appropriate for a torch.

Children will first consider what components are necessary in the electrical circuit for a torch, and then will explore how to make a simple circuit. Using their circuit, they will then make and test a variety of switch designs using a range of common objects and materials.

This Making Switches KS2 lesson includes everything you need - a detailed plan, a set of slides for the teaching input and printable resources.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Challenge Sheets
  • Challenge Cards
#Lesson3InvestigatingCasings

After discussing what properties a torch casing would need, your class will undertake practical activities to help them find out which materials they would use to create the case for a torch.

Children are challenged to either use found objects to house a simple circuit, or create 3-D shapes using nets which may be used as casings.

A lesson plan, slide show, differentiated activity ideas and printable resources are all included in this Torches KS2 DT pack.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Challenge Cards
  • 3D Shape Nets
#Lesson4HowtoDesignaTorch

In this lesson, your class will have the chance to design their own torches based on a client's specific design criteria.

Children will first discuss what the terms 'client', 'design brief' and 'design criteria' mean, before looking at and discussing an example of a client's design brief. In their independent activities, children will choose a client and design a torch for them.

This How to Design a Torch pack comes with a lesson plan, a set of slides for the teaching input, as well as differentiated, printable resources.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Client Cards
  • Design Sheets
#Lesson5MakingTorches

In this Making a Torch KS2 lesson, children will first look at some hints and tips for the making process as a class, before following their designs to make a torch for their client.

An easy-to-follow plan, as well as a set of slides for the teaching input, are included in this Making Torches KS2 pack. (Please note that, due to the practical nature of this lesson, worksheets are not necessary and, therefore – not included. Children may refer to completed worksheets from previous lessons.)

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
#Lesson6EvaluatingTorches

Now that you have a classroom full of working torches, it is time for your class to reflect on the designing and making process and to evaluate their finished product.

Children will first discuss the importance of evaluation, before assessing their client's completed torches against the design criteria and answering further evaluative questions.

In addition to differentiated Evaluation Sheets, a detailed plan and a set of slides for the teaching input are included in this final Torches KS2 DT lesson pack.

What's included:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Evaluation Sheets
  • Evaluation Question Lists
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Curriculum Objectives covered
  • use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design
  • select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately
  • select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities
  • investigate and analyse a range of existing products
  • evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
  • understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world
  • understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]

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