Lesson 3: Torch design

Pupils create a torch design, building on their understanding from and incorporating features they have identified in previous lessons.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To design a product to fit a set of specific user needs

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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
  • 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]

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need suggested materials for each component and should keep their design simple to ensure they have the time to create a quality product. Consider writing the design criteria as a class, with their collective input, for one of the user profiles as an example and then provide the remaining one to the pupils for them to complete.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should apply their findings from evaluating torches to their design, adding specific features to satisfy their client’s needs.
Provide them with the blank user profiles, to investigate and design for a set person of their or your choice.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Vicki Risianova,  
Design and 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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