Extension tasks for DT

Activities, worksheets and lesson ideas to keep students engaged when they have finished their work

Sian Evans

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Stretch early finishers and challenge them to think more critically with this selection of extension resources

Project work can be reasonably tricky to manage when you’ve got different pupils work at different speeds. As such, it’s always worth having a few extension activities up your sleeve, ready to hand out to those students that finish early.

Here, we’ve hand-picked a selection of worksheets, creative ideas and tasks to help you fill the gaps and push your higher-ability pupils.

KS3 resources

Ensure that creativity never stops flowing with these thought-provoking tasks for early finishers. Inspire textiles students to design outfits for a book character or with an animal theme using these worksheets. Or, challenge future product designers to work through this engaging collection of design briefs.  

Alternatively, encourage pupils to reflect upon the meals they have created and think about modifications that might have improved the recipe with this extension task.

KS4 and post-16 resources

Ask confident learners to contextualise their work on the sewing machine with this trend forecasting activity, resulting in the creation of thoughtful mood boards.

Use this pasta shapes extension worksheet to test pupils’ knowledge of different types of pasta, getting them to research the answers they are unsure about.   

Develop the critical thinking skills of older students by prompting them to research fibres and their working properties in this timed challenge.

Quick links

KS3 resources KS4 and post-16 resources
Textile designing worksheets Trend forecasting activity
Collection of design briefs Pasta shapes extension worksheet
Recipe modification extension task Fibre research timed challenge

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