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Create, Experiment, Build, Question and Learn. I am a specialist Product and Graphic Design Teacher, specialising in the Iterative process of designing, prototyping and evaluating. With a particular focus on entrepreneurship and making, rooted in real-world contexts and challenges. My mission is to plan and deliver creative, fun and engaging lessons for KS3, 4 and 5, ages 11-18.

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Create, Experiment, Build, Question and Learn. I am a specialist Product and Graphic Design Teacher, specialising in the Iterative process of designing, prototyping and evaluating. With a particular focus on entrepreneurship and making, rooted in real-world contexts and challenges. My mission is to plan and deliver creative, fun and engaging lessons for KS3, 4 and 5, ages 11-18.
Ikea Flat Pack Cardboard Furniture Project
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Ikea Flat Pack Cardboard Furniture Project

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Pupils’ love being creative with this hands-on project. Students are tasked with creating a mini prototype piece of flat-pack furniture for furniture giant ‘Ikea’. I have used Cardboard and envelopes (to personify flat-pack packaging) with a craft knife but this project could be adapted for other materials such as HIPS or wood. Also Included are differentiated resources and student/teacher examples. In this series of lesson, students are introduced to the benefits of flat pack furniture in logistics and manufacturing through class discussions and group tasks. They then create their own piece of ‘to-scale’ cardboard furniture that can be disassembled and flat packed. Students work in teams of four with a skills mapping sheet and are each assigned the job role of ‘Designer’, ‘Manufacturer’, ‘Quality Control’ and ‘Team Leader’. There is are also guides included to help with the design and assembly of their product. Introduction to SOW ♦ Class discussion/group tasks on flat pack furniture and Ikea ♦ Modelling ♦ Optional extension Activities should be spread over 2/3 lessons If you enjoyed this lesson, please see the other lessons in this or other Product Design series/SOW (where the full iterative design process is covered). In this unit, pupils will gain an understanding into what is product design and the creative process of a designer, from initial ideas, final isometric sketching, writing a specification and clay model making (prototyping). If you enjoyed this project/scheme of work. Please visit my shop where there are a range of creative and engaging design and engineering projects. ↠This file may be zipped. Once downloaded right click the file and select ‘extract all’ to open. ↞ ✎Please note I am a UK seller and unless otherwise stated the product uses standard English. This should not affect the use of this product in other countries. ✎ ♥ After using this product please leave a rating and comment. ♦ If there are any issues with the product please contact me (via the Ask a Question tab) before leaving feedback. © DesignandEngineering
Ergonomics and Anthropometrics Theory
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Ergonomics and Anthropometrics Theory

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In this lesson, students learn the importance of designing around the needs of a user as well as the key words Ergonomics and Anthropometrics, which link to the GCSE Design Technology Specification. Students gain an understanding into ergonomics and anthropometrics in various products using real life examples and videos (Sony) and manufacturing (VW). They then apply their understanding to find the average size ‘hand’; measured from a class sample group. Also included is a fun home learning task that further applies their understanding of ergonomics in a funny and creative way.
Passive Speaker Project
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Passive Speaker Project

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Pupils’ love being creative with this hands-on project. Lessons are differentiated with strong cross-curricular (Literacy, Science) links. I have used HIPS (polystyrene) with a knife and glue gun but this project but it could be adapted for other materials such as cardboard or wood. Also Included are diffirenciated resources and student/teacher examples. In this first lesson, students are introduced to biomimicry and the design brief; ‘Design and manufacture a passive speaker inspired by the theme biomimicry’. Introduction to SOW Initial research of passive speakers Initial drawings Peer assessment Final drawing and ACCESS FM specification Activities should be spread over 2/3 lessons Students design; through group tasks, individual tasks and class-discussions. We then cover some basic sketching techniques before leading to them sketching their initial ideas, which they must then justify, through annotation (clear success criteria). Students then peer assess each other work. Finally they create a final drawing of their design and justify with an access fm specification. If you enjoyed this lesson, please see the other lessons in this or other Product Design series/SOW (where the full iterative design process is covered). In this unit, pupils will gain an understanding into what is product design and the creative process of a designer, from initial ideas, final isometric sketching, writing a specification and clay model making (prototyping).
Graphic Logo Design Brand Yourself Project L1
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Graphic Logo Design Brand Yourself Project L1

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One of a series of Graphics ‘Logo Design’ lessons, where students are introduced to designing their own logo. In this first lesson, students are introduced to logo design, their importance/significance, colour psychology, and the design process as a whole. Student then begin to sketch out their initial ideas for their own logo. Lesson consists of ♦ starter ♦ class discussions ♦ colour psychology (sorting) task ♦ main task ♦ plenary. If you enjoyed this lesson, please see the other lessons of my ‘Brand Yourself’ graphics scheme. This scheme was designed for KS3 but could also be used with KS4 students. – If you enjoyed this project/scheme of work. Please visit my shop where there are a range of creative and engaging design and engineering projects. ↠This file may be zipped. Once downloaded right click the file and select ‘extract all’ to open. ↞ ✎Please note I am a UK seller and unless otherwise stated the product uses standard English. This should not affect the use of this product in other countries. ✎ ♥ After using this product please leave a rating and comment. ♦ If there are any issues with the product please contact me (via the Ask a Question tab) before leaving feedback. © DesignandEngineering
Ikea Flat Pack Furniture Project
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Ikea Flat Pack Furniture Project

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Pupils’ love being creative with this hands-on project. Students are tasked with creating a mini prototype piece of flat-pack furniture for furniture giant ‘Ikea’. I have used Cardboard and envelopes (to personify flat-pack packaging) with a craft knife and tape or glue gun but this project but it could be adapted for other materials such as HIPS or wood. Also Included are differentiated resources and student/teacher examples. In this first lesson, students are introduced to the benefits of flat pack furniture in logistics and manufacturing through class discussions and group tasks. They they create their own piece of furniture that can be disassembled and placed flat inside an envelope. There is also an extension task where they can draw ‘wordless’ instructions for another student to try to assemble there design. Introduction to SOW Class discussion/group tasks on flat pack furniture and Ikea Modelling Optional extension Activities should be spread over 2/3 lessons If you enjoyed this lesson, please see the other lessons in this or other Product Design series/SOW (where the full iterative design process is covered). In this unit, pupils will gain an understanding into what is product design and the creative process of a designer, from initial ideas, final isometric sketching, writing a specification and clay model making (prototyping).
Speculative Art or Design Project KS4 KS5
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Speculative Art or Design Project KS4 KS5

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In this conceptual project, students are given a brief and apply their learning through the design and presentation of an artifact. Students love the challenge of speculating on the future and forming their concepts around a narrative. There have been some fascinating outcomes as students relish the creative freedom. Speculative design is designing from a critical, political and/or ethical perspective in the form of an artifact from the near or distant future. There are several reasons why we might use speculative design: To question and critique. Raise awareness. Start conversations. Provoke, amuse or annoy. The word ‘artifact’ is deliberate as the outcomes does not need to be a physical product. The outcome can be in the form of any 2D, 3D or digital ‘artifact(s)’. For example it could be a guide, a map, packaging etc. Trying to make the future artifact as believable as possible through storytelling. Project structure: What is speculative design? Mind-map tasks Case study Imagining the world in 2067 in regards to society, housing, resources, economy, politics, technology, health and environment Critique Sessions Prototyping of artifact Final presentation The project can help students develop their rapid prototyping, storytelling, critiquing and presenting skills. It has been delivered to both college and university students.
Introduction to Architecture Leading Architects Project
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Introduction to Architecture Leading Architects Project

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Pupils’ love being creative with this project. Lessons are differentiated with strong cross-curricular (literacy) links, whilst requiring very little resources (only paper). Also Included is homework, with student/teacher examples. Students are introduced to architecture, the following architects together with principles of architectural design: ♦ Daniel Libeskind & Form (Signify) ♦ Frank Ghery & Form (Creative Strategies ) ♦ Zaha Hadid & Natural Forms ♦ Le Corbusier & De Stijl/Urban Planning – If you enjoyed this project/scheme of work. Please visit my shop where there are a range of creative and engaging design and engineering projects. ↠This file may be zipped. Once downloaded right click the file and select ‘extract all’ to open. ↞ ✎Please note I am a UK seller and unless otherwise stated the product uses standard English. This should not affect the use of this product in other countries. ✎ ♥ After using this product please leave a rating and comment. ♦ If there are any issues with the product please contact me (via the Ask a Question tab) before leaving feedback. © DesignandEngineering
STEM Compression and Tension with Spaghetti Bridges
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STEM Compression and Tension with Spaghetti Bridges

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Pupils’ love being creative with this hands-on project. Students are tasked with creating bridge structure out of dry spaghetti with tape and rubber bands. In this first lesson, students are introduced compression and tension as well as the work of Brunel and in particular the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Students familiarise themselves with the keywords; structure, compression and tension before applying their understanding in the practical task which can be done in group or individually. The lesson has strong cross-curricular links, particularly with Science. ♦ Starter Activity ♦ Class discussion/individual tasks ♦ Practical (bridge building) Lesson is planned as a double (90/120 minutes) If you enjoyed this project/scheme of work. Please visit my shop where there are a range of creative and engaging design and engineering projects. ↠This file may be zipped. Once downloaded right click the file and select ‘extract all’ to open. ↞ ✎Please note I am a UK seller and unless otherwise stated the product uses standard English. This should not affect the use of this product in other countries. ✎ ♥ After using this product please leave a rating and comment. ♦ If there are any issues with the product please contact me (via the Ask a Question tab) before leaving feedback. © DesignandEngineering
Iterative Design Technology Contemporary Furniture Project
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Iterative Design Technology Contemporary Furniture Project

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This outstanding, creative SOW, on contemporary furniture, covers a broad range of topics, relating to the new 1-9 GCSE Design Technology Specification. It covers the entire iterative (non-linear) design process as well as relatable theory. The SOW can be adapted to be taught at KS3, 4 or potentially as a mock GCSE NEA. ♦ Biomimicry ♦ Physics (forces) ♦ Ergonomics & Anthropometrics ♦ Work of others ♦ Advanced Sketching techniques (2-point, free-hand isometric) ♦ Rendering ♦ Writing a brief & specification for a particular client ♦ Iterative Design (design, prototype, evaluate) ♦ Card modelling ♦ CAD modelling ♦ Soft modelling ♦ Hard modelling ♦ 2D Design (CAD, CAM) ♦ Final making Lessons are planned as doubles (90/120 minutes). If you enjoyed this project/scheme of work. Please visit my shop where there are a range of creative and engaging design and engineering projects. – ↠This file may be zipped. Once downloaded right click the file and select ‘extract all’ to open. ↞ ✎Please note I am a UK seller and unless otherwise stated the product uses standard English. This should not affect the use of this product in other countries. ✎ ♥ After using this product please leave a rating and comment. ♦ If there are any issues with the product please contact me (via the Ask a Question tab) before leaving feedback. © DesignandEngineering
Graphic Design Typography Advertising Project
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Graphic Design Typography Advertising Project

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A series of Graphic design lessons, where students are introduced to graphic design, typography and advertising. 1 Students are introduced to graphic design, personification and anthropomorphism through various questioning activities and a Pixar based exercise. Students learn how brands use personifciation effectively in advertising (M & M’s and Kellogg’s) before creating their own Pixa research page, demonstrating an understanding of the key words learnt; in a visual way. 2 In this second lesson, students are introduced to graphic design and typography through various questioning activities and videos. They are introduced to the illustrator (Paul Thurlby) and shown how he personifies type for commercial gain; through products and advertising. This then leads to students creating their own artist research page, demonstrating an understanding of the key words learnt; in a visual way. 3 In this third lesson, students are tasked with personifying a letter, so that collectively the class can create a personified typeface. This typeface will then be used in later lessons to form the text for a piece of ‘positive advertising’. 4 In this fourth lesson, students are tasked with personifying type to form the text for a piece of ‘positive advertising’. This is in response to an industry style, client brief by the NHS for their ‘Change 4 Life’ campaign. This lesson could be extended over several lessons. 5 In this fifth lesson, students are tasked with designing a promotional piggy bank. This is in response to an industry style, client brief by Halifax encouraging people save with them. This lesson could be extended over several lessons. This scheme was designed for KS3 but could also be used with KS4 students. – If you enjoyed this project/scheme of work. Please visit my shop where there are a range of creative and engaging design and engineering projects. ↠This file may be zipped. Once downloaded right click the file and select ‘extract all’ to open. ↞ ✎Please note I am a UK seller and unless otherwise stated the product uses standard English. This should not affect the use of this product in other countries. ✎ ♥ After using this product please leave a rating and comment. ♦ If there are any issues with the product please contact me (via the Ask a Question tab) before leaving feedback. © DesignandEngineering
Product Design NEA Student Guide
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Product Design NEA Student Guide

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NEA Assessment Objective Bible AO Product Design Technology Invaluable, measurable assessment Objective advice/guidance for students, which can also be used as explicit success criteria for portfolios. Students can reflect on their own work and highlight areas that they need to address. All I ask, is that you please review this free resource in return. Thank you.
Zaha Hadid & Natural Forms
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Zaha Hadid & Natural Forms

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Zaha Hadid & Natural Forms - Graded Outstanding Pupils’ love being creative with this project. Lessons are differentiated with strong cross-curricular (Literacy, Geography, Science) links, whilst requiring very little resources (only paper). Also Included is homework, diffirenciated resources, and student/teacher examples. **In this lesson students will be introduced to the architect Zaha Hadid. They will identify and demonstrate the key words ‘natural forms’, ‘form’ and ‘fluidity’ through group tasks and a class-discussion. Culminating in as design brief led task; where they will design their own purpose built building for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games, taking inspirations from natural forms. ** Lesson consists of starter> class discussion> main task. Lesson couldbe extended over several lessons; particularly with the latter task. All names in lesson plan have been changed. If you enjoyed this lesson, please see the other lessons in my KS3 Architecture series (each lesson for each individual architect). In this unit, pupils will gain an understanding into what is architecture and identify the individual architectural styles and creative processes of varying architects (Le Corbusier, Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry and Daniel Libeskind), applying their understanding through 2D and 3D model-making. – If you enjoyed this project/scheme of work. Please visit my shop where there are a range of creative and engaging design and engineering projects. ↠This file may be zipped. Once downloaded right click the file and select ‘extract all’ to open. ↞ ✎Please note I am a UK seller and unless otherwise stated the product uses standard English. This should not affect the use of this product in other countries. ✎ ♥ After using this product please leave a rating and comment. ♦ If there are any issues with the product please contact me (via the Ask a Question tab) before leaving feedback. © DesignandEngineering
Design Technology Theory Bundle
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Design Technology Theory Bundle

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This bundle includes engaging theory lessons linked to the Design Technology GCSE Specification: ♦ Ergonomics & Anthropometrics ♦ Packaging Theory ♦ Product Analysis with ACCESS FM ♦ Product Evaluation ♦ Sustainability and energy stores ♦ Users and Target Markets ♦ Technology Push & Market Pull ♦ Plastics Theory ♦ Woods Theory ♦ Internet of Things These theory lessons do not require the use of specialist equipment or computers. Allowing the work to be set remotely or to be taught in non-specialist classrooms. If you enjoyed this project/scheme of work. Please visit my shop where there are a range of creative and engaging design and engineering projects. ↠This file may be zipped. Once downloaded right click the file and select ‘extract all’ to open. ↞ ✎Please note I am a UK seller and unless otherwise stated the product uses standard English. This should not affect the use of this product in other countries. ✎ ♥ After using this product please leave a rating and comment. ♦ If there are any issues with the product please contact me (via the Ask a Question tab) before leaving feedback. © DesignandEngineering
Introduction to Graphic Design Project Typography and Commercialisation L2
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Introduction to Graphic Design Project Typography and Commercialisation L2

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One of a series of Graphics Personification lessons, where students are introduced to graphic design, typography and advertising. In this second lesson, students are introduced to graphic design and typography through various questioning activities and videos. They are introduced to the illustrator (Paul Thurlby) and shown how he personifies type for commercial gain; through products and advertising. This then leads to students creating their own artist research page, demonstrating an understanding of the key words learnt; in a visual way. If you enjoyed this lesson, please see the other lessons in my personification graphics scheme. This scheme was designed for KS3 but could also be used with KS4 students.
Sketching Techniques Specification
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Sketching Techniques Specification

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Pupils’ love being creative with this project. Lessons are differentiated with strong cross-curricular (Literacy, Geography, Science) links, whilst requiring very little resources (only paper and product examples). Also Included are diffirenciated resources and student/teacher examples. In this second lesson, students will continue the iterative product design process. Students write their own specification; through group tasks, individual tasks and class-discussions. We then cover some basic sketching techniques before leading to them sketching their initial ideas which they must then justify, through annotation. Lesson consists of literacy starter> class discussions>prep task> main task. Lesson is a double but could be extended over several lessons. If you enjoyed this lesson, please see the other lessons in my Product Design series/SOW (where the full iterative design process is covered). In this unit, pupils will gain an understanding into what is product design and the creative process of a designer, from existing research/analysis, writing a specification, initial ideas, isometric drawing and CAD modelling.
Full KS3 Product Design Project Bundle
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Full KS3 Product Design Project Bundle

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Full KS3 Project Bundle which can cover the entire of KS3 Product Design, representing a significant saving over buying individually. In these outstanding, creative scheme of work, students are tasked with designing and making a product in line with a specific brief. With practical, written and theory work closely related to the new 1-9 GCSE Design Technology Specification and the NEA. Each project lasts a full term (12 or 6 week) project though could be condensed or even further extended. It covers the entire iterative (non-linear) design process as well as relatable theory. The SOW can be adapted to be taught at KS3 or KS4. Full KS3 Product Design Project Bundle consisting of: STEM (Science, Technology Engineering & Maths) Project Desk tidy Project Iterative Ergonomics Water Bottle Project Iterative Storage Unit Ikea Project Architecture Project Iterative contemporary furniture Project Biomimicry Espresso Cup Project Theory lessons covering: Ergonomics & Anthropometrics Packaging Evaluating Sustainability and energy stores Target Market Technology Push & Market Pull Plastics Woods Theory For more information about each lesson/project, please click on each relevant individual resource.
Redesign Your School Architecture Project
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Redesign Your School Architecture Project

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In this first lesson, students are introduced to the design brief and shown a case study from an innovative school design in Vietnam Farming Kindergarten, with a particular focus on innovation, sustainability and materials. Students then complete a semantic mind map before sketching their own design. Original SketchUp file can also be emailed by sending a request to elliott06@googlemail.com (TES does not accept SketchUp files). Can be adapted for the re-design of a pupils existing school or a completely new school design. This project will culminate in students designing their own school using free Google SketchUp software.
Frank Gehry & Form L1 Ideation Drawing
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Frank Gehry & Form L1 Ideation Drawing

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Pupils’ love being creative with this project. Lessons are differentiated with strong cross-curricular (Literacy, Geography, Science) links, whilst requiring very little resources (only paper, card and tape). Also Included is diffirenciated resources, and student/teacher examples. **In this lesson students will be introduced to the architect Frank Gehry. They will identify and demonstrate the key word ‘Form’ through group tasks, individual tasks and class-discussions. Leading to drawing and modelling exercises. Culminating in a design brief led task; where they are tasked with designing their own gallery or museum, taking inspiration from Gehry’s creative process to form. ** Lesson consists of: ♦ Starter ♦ Class discussions ♦ Prep task ♦ Main task. Lesson could be extended over several lessons; particularly with the latter task. If you enjoyed this lesson, please see the other lessons in my KS3 Architecture series (each lesson for each individual architect). In this unit, pupils will gain an understanding into what is architecture and identify the individual architectural styles and creative processes of varying architects (Le Corbusier, Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry and Daniel Libeskind), applying their understanding through 2D and 3D model-making. – If you enjoyed this project/scheme of work. Please visit my shop where there are a range of creative and engaging design and engineering projects. ↠This file may be zipped. Once downloaded right click the file and select ‘extract all’ to open. ↞ ✎Please note I am a UK seller and unless otherwise stated the product uses standard English. This should not affect the use of this product in other countries. ✎ ♥ After using this product please leave a rating and comment. ♦ If there are any issues with the product please contact me (via the Ask a Question tab) before leaving feedback. © DesignandEngineering
Product Design Technology Visual Starter
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Product Design Technology Visual Starter

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A visual starter for Product Design where students demonstrate their understanding of key words and/or it can be used to gauge prior understanding in the subject. Students can effectively differentiate and choose their own task or extension. Included is the original .ai file so that the resource can be adapted for different products/materials/key words etc. If you enjoyed this free resource, please kindly leave a review/rating.
Content, Form, Process, Mood Artist Lesson
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Content, Form, Process, Mood Artist Lesson

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A simple introduction to Content Form Process Mood terminology in Art & Design. This could be adapted and is a great way to introduce almost any artist(s) the students may be studying in any given scheme as it can be altered easily whilst maintaining the same structure. Lesson consists of group work; a ‘warm-up’ task and then application as a 30 second presentation to their peers. Also included is a CFPM game that could be used as an extension activity. If you found this useful, please review. FREE