Lesson 1: Features of a castle

After learning the features of a castle, children design one of their own, deciding which 3D shapes they need to create it

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To identify features of a castle

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]
  • Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients according to their characteristics

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need a copy of slide 15 of the presentation to support their drawing.

Use the Activity: Cut and glue castle and complete either by looking at the example or assembling from their own imagination.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can label the castle using the key only and describe the shapes used to make their own 2D designs.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Vicki Risianova,  
Design & Technology specialist
After 4 years of being a TV and radio presenter, Vicki headed to the secondary classroom where she spent 12 years teaching Design and Technology as well as PE. Working as a subject leader, she ran D&T tournaments and weekly…
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