Design and Technology KS2: How to create a secure swing seat

Presenters Lauren Layfield and Joe Tracini and The Dengineers team help Cammy from Hampshire create a sensory den that is just for him, away from all his siblings.

One of the key features is a swing seat that hangs from the ceiling.

To make sure it can support Cammy's weight they have added a steel plate and fixed it across more than one joist.

They demonstrate how when someone sits in the hammock the weight is spread evenly across the ceiling joists and down the walls making it suitable for both children and adults.

Teachers Notes

This could be used to introduce the process of design, and as a prompt for class discussion and learning in areas such as initial research, designing and making a structure.

Pupils could conduct a number of tests with different weights hanging from a model structure and adjusting how the weight is distributed across the structure to make it secure.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Design and Technology at KS2 in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland and 1st and 2nd level in Scotland.

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