Lesson 2: Design

Children plan their moving story books against a Design Criteria using differentiated templates, deciding on the backgrounds, moving parts, mechanisms and direction of movement required

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To design a moving story book

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Design purposeful, functional appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • Generate, develop, model, and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Could work together as a group with the teacher/TA to make a shared moving picture. Refer to the Activity: Design template, and provide the pupils with fewer blocks (story, background, moving part and mechanism) to complete on the task giving them greater focus on one or two aspects. If the pupils need further visual support designing their moving storybook, show them the Pupil Video: Construction from Lesson 3 (see ‘Design & Technology, Mechanisms: Making a moving storybook, Lesson 3: Construction’).

Pupils working at greater depth: Should think about including more than one type of movement on each page – for instance, they might have Humpty and a bird moving on page one.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Kapow Primary, 
Design & Technology specialist
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