Ideas for starting new topics in DT

Introductory activities and presentations to capture learners’ attention in DT

Sian Evans

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Inspiration and practical ideas for introductory lessons that will engage your students

When it comes to starting new topics, from setting up new projects that will last all term to giving students key skills for the future, an effective introduction lesson is essential.  

To help you out, we’ve gathered together a selection of introductory activities and presentations that can be used and adapted for your first session of a new topic.

KS3 resources

Challenge your pupils to work in pairs to design a structure that will withstand a 6kg weight with this introductory presentation, which provides them with a wealth of information to back up their decisions. 

Or, why not introduce your class to 2D design using CAD? This step-by-step guide is ideal for beginners as it gives learners the skills they need to draw an isometric castle.

Meanwhile, in the kitchen, explain the four main methods of cake making with this introduction lesson so that students have the knowledge they need to design and make their own.   

KS4 resources

Provide learners with an understanding of fabric constructions by working through this introductory activity, which is designed to teach pupils about a variety of different properties that will influence the fabrics they choose. Similarly, this biscuit-making introduction explores the methodical aspect of baking so that the class can perfect their technique before inventing their own recipe.  

Finally, simplify the process of rendering with this straightforward presentation and accompanying example sheets so that your graphic design students are confident in future lessons.

Quick links

KS3 resources

KS4 resources

Structure design introductory presentation

CAD step-by-step guide

Cake-making introduction lesson  

Fabric construction activity

Biscuit-making introduction

Introduction to rendering presentation

This blog post is featured in the January design and technology newsletter from TES Resources.

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