Lesson 2: Evaluating torches

Pupils evaluate a range of different torches and identify the features of a torch: housing, reflector, circuit and switch.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To analyse and evaluate electrical products

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Investigate and analyse a range of existing products
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design
  • Understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]
  • Understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped the world

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should spot the similarities and differences between the torches before evaluating them. Ask them to circle the aspects of their given torch on the sheet as well as writing a sentence (with support if necessary) to reflect this. Work in groups. Use the Activity: Features of a torch diagram as an aid to writing, circling favourite parts and discussing their ideas for their own torch design.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should explain which features are important when making a good torch and which features are appealing to the user. Work independently.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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