Ideas for starting new topics in DT

Introductory activities, presentations and project ideas to capture learners’ attention in DT

Tes Resources Team

Compass, pencil and DT sketch drawing showing a KS3 and KS4 introductory lesson in DT

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

Whether you're looking for introductory lessons, project ideas or one-off activities to engage your students in DT, we have gathered together a selection of KS3 and KS4 resources from teachers in the Tes community.

Introductory lessons

Maths in DT - Remote learning
phillwill

Maths in DT - Remote learning

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A booklet with activities targeted towards developing fundamental numeracy associated with practical aspects of DT. Can be used as part of a scheme of work, to run alongside practical projects, as homework booklet, for coverwork sessions or remote learning.
D&T Cover work: Outdoor Seating Design
Dave Jones

D&T Cover work: Outdoor Seating Design

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A4 guide sheet (blank A3 also needed), which guides children through a mindmap, specification ahead of designing their own seating (and then drawing up in orthographic) Great cover for any KS3 class.

Projects

DT Project - Bookend
nosilak8

DT Project - Bookend

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A complete unit of work aimed at Year 8/9 students to introduce them to joints and construction methods. Can be adapted for use as a CAD/CAM project.
D&T Mini Project Practical: The Cardboard Chair Challenge
dt-and-beyond

D&T Mini Project Practical: The Cardboard Chair Challenge

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An OFSTED graded Outstanding lesson for introducing students to the design, make and evaluate requirements of design technology. Ideal for Key Stage 3,4 and 5 including students with no previous hard technology experience. The main focus of the lesson is to work as part of a small team to ...