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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.
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
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
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.
SketchUp Introductory Lesson Plan - Graded OFSTED Outstanding
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SketchUp Introductory Lesson Plan - Graded OFSTED Outstanding

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A simple introduction to Google Sketchup. Pupils go through the basic features of the software with a differentiated hand-out to create a model toothbrush. This lesson observation was graded as 'outstanding'. The lesson consists of a starter activity, step-by-step instructions for each tool, clear assesment criteria and a review. Also included is a homework task and teacher example.
Biomimicry Espresso Cup Project  L1
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Biomimicry Espresso Cup Project L1

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Pupils’ love being creative with this hands-on project. Lessons are differentiated with strong cross-curricular (Literacy, Science) links, whilst requiring very little resources; only paper and desired material (I have used Fimo clay but another material could be used instead, such as cardboard). Also Included are diffirenciated resources and student/teacher examples. In this first lesson, students are introduced to biomimicry, ergonomics and the project brief; ‘Design a series of contemporary interlocking (or complimenting) espresso cups based on biomimicry’. 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). Lesson consists of starter> class discussions> main task> peer assessment> plenary> Independent study (homework). Lesson is a double but could be extended over several 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).
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.
Introduction to Graphic Design Project L3 Typography Commercialisation
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Introduction to Graphic Design Project L3 Typography Commercialisation

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One of a series of Graphics Personification lessons, where students are introduced to graphic design and typography to create a piece of ‘positive advertising’. 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’. 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.
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
Internet of Things Smart Product Design
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Internet of Things Smart Product Design

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In this lesson, students are introduced to the ‘internet of things’ through class discussions and examples. They are then tasked with re-designing a given object both aesthetically and innovatively to form an ‘internet of things’ connected product for the 21st Century market. Work sheet includes success criteria, writing aid and peer assessment as well as annotation prompts. Student examples are also included. Introduction to ‘internet of things’, connected (smart) devices and the commodification of data. Design Task (work sheet included) Presentation Task (Dragons Den style) Peer Assessment – 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
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
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 ♦ Scales of Production ♦ 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
KS4 Product Design Teacher Modelling Examples
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KS4 Product Design Teacher Modelling Examples

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KS4 Product Design Teacher Modelling Examples; taking you through from initial ideas through to final conception of an innovative 'USB Stick' product. Including; Problem Analysis Product Analysis Existing Product Research Market Research Demographic Research Client Profile Anthropometrics Research Research Review Specification Initial Ideas Initial Ideas II Final Design CAD Modelling Marketing Great for exemplar modelling examples or homework examples for 3D Design, Product Design or Design Technology at KS3 or KS4. Can be incorporated into lesson plans, used for moderation or used as additional resources. Please note this has been created by myself for use as an exemplar student reference. It is not a copy of student work.
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).
Biomimicry Espresso Cup Project  L2
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Biomimicry Espresso Cup Project L2

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Pupils’ love being creative with this hands-on project. Lessons are differentiated with strong cross-curricular (Literacy, Science) links, whilst requiring very little resources; only paper and desired material (I have used Fimo clay but another material could be used instead, such as cardboard). Also Included are diffirenciated resources and student/teacher examples. In this second lesson, students recap biomimicry, and learn about the ACCESS FM system in product design and it’s importance in the design process. Students design; through group tasks, individual tasks and class-discussions. We then cover some basic sketching techniques before leading to them sketching their final idea (isometrically), which they must then justify, through an ACCESS FM specification (clear success criteria). Lesson consists of starter> class discussions> main task> peer assessment> plenary. Lesson is a double but could be extended over several 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).
Biomimicry Espresso Cup Design Project
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Biomimicry Espresso Cup Design Project

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**Pupils’ love being creative with this hands-on project where they ‘Design a series of contemporary interlocking (or complimenting) espresso cups based on biomimicry’. ** Lessons are differentiated with strong cross-curricular (Literacy, Science) links, whilst requiring very little resources; only paper and desired material (I have used Fimo clay but another material could be used instead, such as cardboard). Also Included are differentiated resources and student/teacher examples. L1 Students are introduced to biomimicry, ergonomics and the project brief. 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). L2 In this second lesson, students recap biomimicry, and learn about the ACCESS FM system in product design and it’s importance in the design process. Students design; through group tasks, individual tasks and class-discussions. We then cover some basic sketching techniques before leading to them sketching their final idea (isometrically), which they must then justify, through an ACCESS FM specification (clear success criteria). Lessons consists of ♦ starter ♦ class discussions ♦ main task ♦ peer assessment ♦ plenary ♦ Independent study (homework). Lesson is a double but could be extended over several lessons. – 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 L1 Students are introduced to biomimicry, ergonomics and the project brief; ‘Design a series of contemporary interlocking (or complimenting) espresso cups based on biomimicry’. 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). L2 In this second lesson, students recap biomimicry, and learn about the ACCESS FM system in product design and it’s importance in the design process. Students design; through group tasks, individual tasks and class-discussions. We then cover some basic sketching techniques before leading to them sketching their final idea (isometrically), which they must then justify, through an ACCESS FM specification (clear success criteria). Lessons consists of ♦ starter ♦ class discussions ♦ main task ♦ peer assessment ♦ plenary ♦ Independent study (homework). Lesson is a double but could be extended over several lessons. – 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
Make Your Own Bio Plastics Workshops
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Make Your Own Bio Plastics Workshops

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Children or adults alike, love getting hands-on with this creative, fascinating exercise which can be run as a workshop and/or a lesson! Lesson covers plastic and sustainability theory which makes for several debatable topics: ♦ How are polymers produced/Where do they come from? ♦ What are the positives and negatives in production and logistics? ♦ What is the larger impact on the environment? The second part of the lesson students have the opportunity to Make their own Bio Plastics from a range of easily obtainable materials. This is a task that can be extended with the use of different moulds and additives to create a range of products and finishes. 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 Unit Scheme
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STEM Unit Scheme

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Pupils’ love being creative with this hands-on project.** In this unit, pupils will gain an understanding into Science, technology, engineering and maths and how each interrelate with a series of applied practical tasks.** Students familiarise themselves with the keywords then there is a design and make task, applying their understanding of the theory learnt, which can be done in a group or individually. All lessons have strong cross-curricular links, particularly with Science. There is also peer assessment with clear success criteria included. ♦ Starter Activity ♦ Class discussion/individual tasks ♦ Practicals 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
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
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.
Final and Isometric Drawing
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Final and Isometric 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 and product examples). Also Included are diffirenciated resources and teacher examples. In this third lesson, students will continue the iterative product design process. Students complete sketching their initial ideas after a warm-up drawing exercise. This then leads to an introduction to isometric drawing techniques through various individual drawing exercises. They then render their own chosen design as a final drawing in an isometric projection. 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.