Lesson 2: Designing a castle

Children follow a design specification to create a castle, labelling their drawings with the shapes and subsequent nets and recycled materials they will use to make it

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To design a castle

National curriculum


  • Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups


  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should make simpler geometric shapes (i.e. cuboid, cylinder, cone).


Pupils working at greater depth: Should advance to more complex geometric shapes. Can attempt to design their own nets (i.e. hexagonal prisms). Can create specific features relevant to the person or purpose they are designing for.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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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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