Within the general Design and Technology area children are able to find lots of information and activities relating to crafts, materials, tools and structures. There are links to many external Design and Technology-related websites including Lego, Babloo and a range of other relevant websites containing projects and resources suitable for Key Stage 2 learning.
The Structures area of the KS2 Design and Technology section includes a collection of interactive activities and projects. The fun projects encourage children to make their own structures including a pinhole camera, a tubal roller coaster, a spaghetti glider, a straw tower and a sun clock.
The Textiles area includes a variety of textile-related Design and Technology projects including making a puppet, an egg cosy and a money container.
Children are also able to enhance their knowledge of Food through a range of information, facts and activities relating to healthy eating, the history of food, genetic modification, food safety and nutrition. There are a number of simple recipes for children, such as making bread and sandwiches, as well as information about the importance of eating five-a-day.
In the Control Mechanisms area children are able to learn all about amusement parks, including how they work, and are even able to try to build one. They are also able to learn how different inventions work, including learning about pendulum clocks, fireworks, pneumatic mechanisms and machines. The Control Mechanisms section also includes information and activities relating to building a robo-copter, building a siege engine, dissembling a torch, creating a spinning top and many more fun activities suitable for children at Key Stage 2 level.
Within the Design area children are able to print off a number of worksheets to help with their design projects. These include designing a playground, a classroom, a mechanism and a structure. There are also some design tips from a Design and Technology student.
The resources and activities in the KS2 Design and Technology section are in an interactive, online, or printable format that brings a differing dynamic to the subject for children studying at Key Stage 2.
Alarms - Information and animations about alarms
Amusement Park Physics - Learn all about Amusement Parks, how they work and even try and build one.
Animated Moving Toys - Free downloads of printable moving toys
Animations - Interactive activity about animations
Automata - Information about moving toys and mechanisms
Build a NASA Nanorover - Build a balloon powered Nano Rover, good instructions from NASA.
Build a Roto-Copter - Information about about creating a roto-copter.
Build an Ivor the Engine - Print of the sheets, follow the instructions and make a model of Ivor.
Build your own Siege Engine - Interactive whiteboard activity about building a siege engine
Cam Mechanisms - Information and animations about cam mechanisms
Control Mechanisms: Monster 1 - A printable worksheet that show children how to make a pneumatic monster using an egg box and a washing up bottle.
Control Mechanisms: Monster 2 - A printable worksheet that introduces hinges in the building of pneumatic monsters.
Control Mechanisms: Monsters 3 - A printable worksheet that helps children make a pneumatic monster with a simple lever.
Fairground - Online photographs of fair ground rides
Fairground Ride Videos - Online video clips of fairground rides
Gears and Mechanisms - Online information about gears and mechanisms
Grain Pit Game - Interactive online game where you have to use different mechanism to collect grain.
How a Pendulum Clock Works - A simple site explaining how a pendulum clock works.
How do Fireworks Work? - Learn how Fireworks work from PBS.
How does a Kite Fly? - A simple site explaining the history, how they fly and simple instructions to make one.
How Does it Work? - A site looking at a variety of inventions and explaining how they work.
How Stuff Works - Website with explanations of how lots of stuff works
How to make a pop-up - Follow the online instructions to make a popup
Levers and Linkages - Interactive activity about levers and linkages
Light Bulb – disassembly - Interactive activity about disassembling a light bulb
Make a Spinning Top - Information about creating a spinning top.
Mechanical Clipart - A selection of clipart showing an engine and cogs.
Mechanisms - All about cams and other mechanisms
Meet James Watt - Interactive adventure about James Watt and his steam engine.
More Switches - A printable worksheet with, yes you're right, more switches.
Morse Code - Learn the Morse and send messages to your friends
Moving Book - Online animations of moving books.
Moving Monsters – Pneumatic Systems - Online activities for QCA Unit Moving Monsters
Moving Vehicle - Interactive whiteboard activities about making moving vehicles
Paper Clip Switches - A printable resources showing chiuldren how to make switches with paper clips.
Pitara Whys and Hows - A vast collection of articles which explain how different things work.
Pneumatic Mechanisms - How do pneumatic mechamisms work?
Pop-up Cards - Interactive activities to make pop up cards
Popup Lady - Online animations of popups
Pressure Pad Switches - A printable worksheet for making pressure pad switches.
Pulleys - Shipwreck - Information about a pulley system for a shipwreck.
Robo Zone - A whole section devoted to robots from Ambleside School
Robolab - Interactive activities about robots
Simple Machines - Explanations and photos and how simple machines work.
The Beam Engine - Interactive site about the Cornish Beam Engine.
The History of Popups - Online information about the history of popups
The Machine Shop - Online technology projects
The Paddle Steamer - Interactive information about the Paddle Steamer.
The Rocket Locomotive - Interactive aite about the workings of George Stephensons Rocket.
The Spinning Mill - Interactive site about the workings of the Spinning mills.
Torch disassembly - Interactive activity about disassembling a torch
Torches - Interactive whiteboard activity about torches
Torches - Interactive activities about torches
Transport Clipart - A selection of clipart depicting different types of transport.
Whizzball! - A fantastic puzzles testing your mechanical planning.