Lesson 1: Evaluating fastenings

Children explore different fastenings around them and consider their advantages and disadvantages

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To identify and evaluate different types of fastenings 
  • To explain the advantages and disadvantages of each fastening type

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Investigate and analyse a range of existing products

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: More support writing their thoughts, coupled with the Activity: Word bank to help prompt ideas. Consider putting the pupils into pairs or small groups to complete the activities, giving them one another’s ideas to bounce between. Begin by looking at likes and dislikes, before moving on to more critical thinking skills to provide an initial focus.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be encouraged to consider larger production issues, eg: time involved assembling a fastening, costs, profit margins, etc. Extended critical thinking on their product analysis, for example: thinking about the future of the fastening, easy to fix? repairable? replaceable?

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


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