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Age range: 5-7
Duration: 60 or more mins
  • D & T

Modelling linkages

Investigating simple linkages using card models

A mechanism is a device that changes movement in some way. Linkages are a type of mechanism. There are different types of linkage, each of which change movement in different ways.

This could be used in Key Stage 2 as a stand-alone activity or as an introduction to a design and make project, such as:

  • A greetings card - for example a ‘goodbye’ card with a hand that waves.
  • A moving poster or display.
  • A ‘grabber’ to pick things up.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

In this activity, pupils will make models of simple linkages from card.

The activity sheet includes teachers' notes, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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