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Wacky Windmills

£12.00
SKU D12CS30001
Key Stage 1 Mechanisms and Mechanical Systems Structures Design & Technology Year 1 Year 2

Visit a variety of windmills around the world and encourage them to get their builder hats on with this 'Wacky Windmills' scheme of work for Year 1 and 2. Your class will explore different ways of making windmill bases and sails with classroom and craft materials, learning how to join materials together and make axles allowing sails to spin in the wind. They can then design, make and evaluate their own wacky windmill!

 
#TheCompleteSeries6lessons

With lesson plans, informative and engaging slides, step-by-step instructions, differentiated worksheets and much more, this DT scheme of work is all you need to get your class building and testing model windmills.

This scheme of work is also part of a Topic Bundle. Perfect if you are teaching 'Weather' as a cross-curricular topic.

#Lesson1ExploringWindmills

The first lesson in this series shows children what a windmill is and the types of materials used to build them. The engaging slides in this lesson show images of real windmills and challenge your class to discuss the materials and features of each windmill.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • A foldable story book
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Song lyrics
  • Ideas for a class trip
#Lesson2MakingStrongBases

Get your class thinking about ways to make a windmill base with classroom and craft materials with this lesson. Encourage your children to discuss how real windmill bases are made and how to recreate this in the classroom. There is an opportunity in this lesson to have a friendly competition to see who can build the strongest base!

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated challenge cards
  • Vocabulary cards
#Lesson3MakingSails

Children will explore how to make a windmill sail in this lesson using different materials. Challenge your class to find the best material to catch the wind and make the windmill sail spin. Your class will investigate how objects move in the wind and how to recreate this in their sails.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated challenge cards
  • Pinwheel instructions
#Lesson4DesigningaModelWindmill

This lesson encourages your children to get creative with coloured felts and pencils. Challenge your class to design a model windmill based on a theme. Children will see images of theme-based windmills that will inspire them to design their own.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated design sheets
#Lesson5ConstructingaModelWindmill

Have fun with your class in this lesson as they face the task of constructing their designed windmill. Can they make it? Watch your children find and solve construction problems.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Image cards
#Lesson6Evaluation

Children should always evaluate objects they have made so this lesson provides a fun and engaging way to discuss the design and construction process with their friends. Ask your children questions and get them thinking about changes they could make to their own windmill models.

 

 

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 - explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • KS1 - build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
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