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Cotmanhay Junior School

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Y3 Term 2 Moving Monsters

National Curriculum Content

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products, and the work of others.


Lesson Objectives

1. Identify how air pressure can be used to produce and control movement.

2. Use techniques for making simple pneumatic systems.

3. Explain how simple pneumatic systems work using appropriate vocabulary.


What we want children to know

  • Start to understand that mechanical systems such as pneumatic systems create movement.
  • Where pneumatics are used.
  • How to work safely and accurately with a range of hand tools.


What skills we want children to develop

  • With help measure, mark out, cut and shape a range of materials, with some accuracy.
  • Learn to use simple tools safely and appropriately.
  • Start to evaluate their product against original design criteria e.g. how well it meets its intended purpose.



pneumatics, air pressure, control, movement, machine