Lesson 2: Designing my book sleeve

Pupils devise their own design criteria, select a style of book sleeve and finally draw their design on paper

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To design a product to meet design criteria

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 a design criteria

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Will need support with recording their ideas. May need support with using large pieces of paper to explore with the possible shapes of the case.

Pupils working at greater depth: Will need to consider their target audience in more detail: What style product might appeal to them? What will they not like? Children working at this level may wish to make a mood board using images from magazines or the internet. They could also create their own templates for their book cover, rather than using those provided – reminding them to allow the extra room required for the book itself.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


Created by:
Tom Turnham,  
Design and Technology specialist
Tom has been a teacher for seven years and, as Head of Upper School at The Belham Primary School, he has a keen interest in young people and good causes. For the past seventeen years he has volunteered with various…
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