Lesson 3: Making Baby Bear’s chair

Considering what kind of chair Baby Bear would like, pupils develop a design criteria which uses all their knowledge of building strong and stable structures and begin to make their chairs.

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To make a structure according to design criteria

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


  • Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics

Technical knowledge

Build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should copy a structure you have made using one joining technique you have shown them, rather than designing their own. They could also use pre-made cylinders such as kitchen rolls.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should work more independently, producing more varied, demanding designs. Can produce neat, stable structures with a variety of joining techniques. Should work with a wider range of materials. Should experiment with different ideas, taking risks and learning from them.


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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