Design and Technology (D&T) KS2: Hinges

This short film for primary schools explains how hinges work and why they are so important for all sorts of different structures used in daily life.

The film shows two children making their own simple hinges for treasure boxes, which is a perfect classroom project.

Teacher Notes

This short film is an ideal introduction to hinges, how they work and how they are used in everyday life.

Pupils could use photographs from home, school or the workplace to identify hinges in different situations, and try to explain why the hinge is important in each case.

Pupils could think about what we could be use to open and close things if we did not have hinges.

Points for discussion:

  • What is a hinge?
  • How are hinges made?
  • What materials are needed to make a hinge?
  • How are hinges different in different situations?
  • Can you explain why hinges are important?

Suggested activities:
After watching the film, pupils could design their own objects that need hinges, and try to make them in the classroom or at home.

Pupils could be asked to write a set of step-by-step instructions to make a hinge.

Pupils could explore which materials are best for making hinges in different situations.

Curriculum Notes

Suitable for teaching design and technology (D&T) at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and 1st and 2nd level in Scotland.

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How to make a structure stronger
How to make a structure waterproof