Tractor of the Future

This lesson invites students to design a tractor of the future

Years: 3, 4, 5, 6

Duration: 120mins

Curriculum Objectives: 4

Subject: D&T

Resource Overview

This lesson invites students to design a tractor of the future.

Some of the problems farmers face are:

Not having enough people to pick some types of crops by hand

Heavy machinery squashes the soil and stops plants from growing

Tractor drivers get tired having to work round the clock at harvest time

Farmers want to protect the environment

Originally designed as part of a STEM based competition, this works wonderfully well as a challenging, multi faceted lesson in its own right. Thank you to Farmvention for allowing us to share it.

Resource Assets


Tractor of the Future - teachers notes

These materials are intended to provide lesson ideas for Science and Literacy. The ideas and materials are suitable for children at KS1 and KS2 although some differentiation will be necessary for the youngest children. The materials focus on some problems farmers might face at harvest time.


Tractor of the Future - pupil notes

Children use ideas from the presentation and outcomes from the investigation coupled with creative thinking to imagine how tractors of the future might be like.


Tractor of the Future - presentation

Slides are fully accompanied by detailed and useful notes.

Curriculum Objectives

  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design
  • Understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world
  • Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups