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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.
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
What is Graphic Design?
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What is Graphic Design?

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In this lesson students are introduced to graphic design, it’s forms (such as logos, posters, information design) and it’s importance in every day life. Also included is an instructional video to aid with class or remote teaching. The lesson also touches upon the fundamentals of graphic design: Line, Shape, Form, Texture and Balance. 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
Zaha Hadid & Biomimicry
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Zaha Hadid & Biomimicry

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Zaha Hadid & Biomimicry - 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, differentiated resources, and student/teacher examples. Also included is an instructional video to aid with delivery of content. **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. 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. – 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.
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
Out of the Box Upcycling Project
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Out of the Box Upcycling Project

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In this project students are tasked with designing a household product out of waste cardboard from Samsung’s TV packaging. This project is based on a real industry brief: The Dezeen x Samsung Out of the Box Competition was a global contest that challenged contestants to design innovative new objects for the home that can be made by repurposing cardboard TV packaging. It received over 1,500 entries from more than 80 different countries around the world. This seven lesson project covers: ♦ Introduction to cardboard waste and the brief - factors and innovative solutions to minimise waste. How can we better use waste? ♦ Ideation using the SCAMPER technique - Ideation and initial sketching. Worksheet provided. ♦ Advanced sketching techniques: isometric drawing - Which advanced sketching techniques do designers use? ♦ Planning and constructing ideas using shape nets - How could someone else construct my idea? Resource sheets provided. This project does not require the use of specialist classrooms and cardboard could be substituted with paper and scissors if necessary. This project can also be set as remote learning. If you enjoyed this project/scheme of work please leave a review and visit my shop where there are a range of creative and engaging design and engineering projects. – ↠ Projects work in Powerpoint or Google slides. 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
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.
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
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. Also included is an instructional video to aid with delivery of content. 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.
Graphic Logo Design Brand Yourself Project L2
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Graphic Logo Design Brand Yourself Project L2

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One of a series of Graphics ‘Logo Design’ lessons, where students are introduced to designing their own logo. In this second lesson, students peer feedback on each others initial ideas and then continue to develop the design 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
Packaging Design and Theory
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Packaging Design and Theory

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Students love being creative with this hands-on project and it is a great introduction into graphic design, branding and how to evaluate a product for KS3 with strong cross-curricular links. Homework tasks are also included. In this project students are set a brief; to create a desk tidy for WHSmith yet this could be ammended to suit a diferent brief. Branding Logos Packaging Packaging symbols Sketching techniques (2-point, isometric) Evaluating with CAFE QUE Project requires Card, vacuum formed acrylic (optional)
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).
Micro House Design Project
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Micro House Design Project

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In this outstanding, creative scheme of work, students are given a brief to design and make a micro-house, the size of a shipping container to help solve the housing crisis in dense-urban areas. With practical, written and theory work closely related to the new 1-9 GCSE Design Technology Specification. The scheme is a full term (12 or 6 week) project though could be condensed or even further extended. The project teaches students CAD through the use of Sketchup and 2D Design. Components can be laser cut or all pieces can be cut by hand so the scheme is adaptable to allow for different teaching workshops. There is a Sketchup guide included. I used card when teaching but this could easily be superseded for a different material such as wood, MDF or foam board. This bundle includes engaging theory lessons linked to the Design Technology GCSE Specification and can be adapted to be taught at KS4 or KS5. Lessons include in order: ♦Introduction to housing crisis, factors and design solutions ♦Creating a mood/style board ♦Technical drawing- Orthographic ♦CAD- SketchUp ♦Optional CAD & CAM- 2D Design & Laser Cutting ♦Ergonomics & Anthropometrics Theory ♦Final 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
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
Plastics Polymers Design Technology Theory
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Plastics Polymers Design Technology Theory

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In this lesson, students learn about polymers, their properties, how they are made and their impact on the environment, which link to the GCSE Design Technology Specification. At the end of the lesson there is a Nando’s style review to consolidate what the students have learnt. Students gain an understanding into: Definition of polymers Sources of plastics - Bio and Synthetic How plastics are made Circularity with Industry example (Adidas/Parley for the Oceans) Thermo and Thermosetting polymers Review If you enjoyed this project/scheme of work please leave a review and visit my shop where there are a range of creative and engaging design and engineering projects. – ↠ Projects work in Powerpoint or Google slides. 16 slides. 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
Ocean Plastic Lighting Project
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Ocean Plastic Lighting Project

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Assess the general quality of my resources with this free scheme of work! This outstanding, creative scheme of work covers the full iterative design process where students designs a piece of contemporary lighting for Ikea, using recycled ocean plastics. This scheme offers an excellent introduction into the design process, the value of design and designing for sustainability through project based learning. The project covers the entire iterative (non-linear) design process as well as relatable theory to offer a unique learning opportunity that applies to real-life situations. This also includes differentiated activities, problem solving and extension activities. Lessons cover: ♦ Introduction to design - What is design? How do we measure good design? ♦ Movement - How can something still appear to move? ♦ Sketching techniques - Are sketching and drawing the same thing? ♦ Product Analysis - How can you really understand a product? ♦ Plastic Theory - Is plastic fantastic? ♦ Ideation with SCAMPER - How do designers come up with ideas in the first place? ♦ Design Briefs - Who and what am I designing for? ♦ Isometric Drawing - How do I make something appear 3D? ♦ Perspective Drawing ♦ Card Prototyping - What is iterative design? ♦ Product Evaluation - Why evaluate? A brand new full scheme of work for free, for you to try. I hope your students enjoy it! If you enjoyed this project/scheme of work please leave a review and visit my shop where there are a range of creative and engaging design and engineering projects. – ↠ Projects work in Powerpoint or Google slides. 168 slides. 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
SketchUp CAD Modelling
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SketchUp CAD Modelling

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Pupils’ love being creative with this project. Lessons are differentiated with strong cross-curricular (Literacy, Geography, Science) links. Also Included are diffirenciated resources and teacher examples. In this fourth lesson in the scheme, students will continue the iterative, product design process. Students are tasked with realising their final drawing as a CAD model, using SketchUp software. Included is a 6, page step-by-step guide for students to follow (self-directed learning). Lesson consists of a starter> class discussions> main task (with guide) and plenary/review. Lesson should ideally be extended over several lessons. Also included is an additional starter that could be used in the next, subsequent lesson. 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.
COVID Remote Graphic Design Lesson Pack
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COVID Remote Graphic Design Lesson Pack

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This is a collection of KS3 graphic design lessons that 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. A series of Graphic design lessons, where students are introduced to graphic design, typography and advertising. Projects include: Brand Yourself Students design their own logo to brand themselves. Typography Students learn about personification in advertising and design their own typography and then posters in the style of the illustrator; Paul Thurlby. Typography Project: 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. Logo Design Project: 1 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. 2 Students peer feedback on each others initial ideas and then continue to develop the design for their own logo. Lesson consists of starter> class discussions> peer feedback> 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.
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.
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.