Lesson 3: Designing my monster

With levers, linkages and pivots in mind, children design two possible moving monster ideas against a set of design criteria and then carry out a tally survey to see which design is favoured by their peers.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To explore different design options

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 and drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology


  • Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should be given a simple linkage system to work with but should be encouraged to label the pivots and motion themselves.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be able to devise their own linkage systems as well as more sophisticated versions.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Tom Turnham,  
Design & Technology specialist
Tom has been a teacher for seven years and, as Head of Upper School at The Belham Primary School, he has a keen interest in young people and good causes. For the past seventeen years he has volunteered with various…
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