WW1 & 2. Tank building

KS2: Design, Technology, History, Maths, Team Work, Collaboration.

In this session the children work in groups of 3 to design and build Lego tanks. We look at strong structures, fixing on motors and batteries. We learn how caterpillar tracks work and fix them to our tanks. I set tank challenges and we end the day with a tank battle.


In this session we cover the following.


Measurements:  Measuring speed over 10m and calculating the time it would take to cover 100m and 1km.

Geomentry: Looking at angles of 90 and 45 degrees (22.5 & 67.5 degrees if appropriate) discovering the effects of different angles.

Fractions: Using collected data.

Algebra: Using A divided by B to calculate the gradient of a hill.

Statistics: Record data in a table and calculate data.

Design and Technology:

Design: Generate, develop, model and communicate ideas through discussion.

Make: Select from a range of components.

Evaluate: Evaluate ideas and model against design criteria and consider the views of others.

Technical Knowledge: Apply understanding of how to strengthen and reinforce more complex structures. Understand and use mechanical systems.

Science: Predicting outcomes. Fair tests.

History: World War 1 & 2


Session runs for a whole day. From £150 depending on location

Tanks in the class room
Article by Devon Life A+ Education Magazine.
Tanks in the class room.pdf
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Tank Designing and Building Worksheet
We use this worksheet to chart our progress through the day and to record all the data we collect.
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