DT / Wind-Up Toys / Jack & The Beanstalk

I have created fact sheets and worksheets based and adapted from DT unit 2C Winding Up to create activities linked to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. It also links History Unit 1‘‘How are our toys different from those in the past?’
Some activities can be linked to Literacy (Reading and Writing, Non-Fiction, Story Telling).

Planning included!
Through this unit, children learn about the concept of winding mechanisms, building on previous knowledge of wheels and axles. They learn about different mechanical toys and how they have changed over time. They explore how to make winding mechanisms using construction kits, then, after discussion, make their own toy relating to a familiar story using a winding mechanism out of reclaimed materials.

• Fact Sheet: Wind-Up Toys – What is a wind-up toy?
• Fact Sheet: Wind-Up Toys – A History of Wind-Up Toys
• Diagram: How to make a wind-up mechanism
• Story writing: Write a short paragraph that links to the story

History worksheets:
• Draw a picture of each toy (from the past and modern) and label (similarities and differences)
• Put pictures in the correct order (cut and paste) to show how wind-up toys have changed over time

DT worksheets:
• Draw a win-up toy and label the different parts of the mechanism
• Designing (part 1): illustrate idea and label different parts to show how it will work
• Designing (part 2): list materials, equipment and plan stages of making
• Description: Using stages of making as a reference, write a description (word list)
• Evaluation: evaluate own wind-up toy and make suggestions for improvement

Useful Tip! Use the PDF doc with your IWB to work through the pages with your children :)

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Created: Jun 27, 2019

Updated: Jul 3, 2019


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