D&T - Ideas for practical lessons
Primary Design and technology - Ideas for practical lessons
Here are shared ideas for practical D&T lessons, to teach about design, processes and materials…. and, of course, to have fun!
Mechanisms and movement
A video showing Y1 pupils’ learning of the principles and processes of ‘moving pictures’, using the story Handa’s Surprise as inspiration.
An adaptable booklet aimed at Year 5 pupils on moving toys using cams.
Aimed at Y5 pupils, this activity is to make an animal with a moving mouth. The mechanisms used are: a cam and follower, a simple crank or a crank and slider.
A sequence of lessons for Y3 pupils to make a 3D moving monster, using a simple pneumatic system.
Instructions for building a framework with a cam mechanism for children to then build a toy around, using thin card and plastic cams.
Medium term planning for year 4 pupils to make pop-up books, using two different mechanisms.
This resource is designed for Year 4 pupils to make pop-up books, working in small groups.
Detailed plans for the Year 6 unit on shelters.
A design booklet and evaluation sheet for Unit 6a on Shelters, linked to World War II.
A presentation using images and questions to stimulate discussion about the purpose, structure and appearance of shelters.
This inspirational programme demonstrates how one teacher is bringing design and technology to life.
Guidelines and activities to present a unit on bridges in years 3-6. All types of bridges are shown in detail, with examples.
In teams, pupils construct bridges to support a model car.
Children make a shekere using a plastic container and beads, then make music! Suitable for years 5 and 6.
Ideas and plans for making instruments from different materials. Pupils look at properties of materials to understand how the sound is made.
The big task is to design and make a simple musical instrument and use it to play a part in a piece for four players.
An adaptable booklet for designing and making photoframes.
A scheme of work on designing and making photoframes, intended for Year 3.
A work booklet for the children in year 3 to use alongside the investigating, designing and making of their photograph frames.
Sewing and fabric
Children design their bean bag, thinking about its purpose. Includes cutting, pinning and sewing.
An easy to follow guide to create simple hand embroidery stitches.
Design and make a product, choosing suitable fabrics and joining techniques.
A PPT for the first lesson, looking at money containers and finding what features the children want to include in their own design.