Lesson 3: Paper mock-up and preparing fabric

Children ensure their design will work, pupils create a paper mock-up before using this as a template to cut out their fabric

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To make and test a paper template

National curriculum

  • Build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer or more stable
  • Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need support pinning their paper together and planning how they will attach the fastening.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should ensure that their templates are appropriately sized. Should attempt a more complicated template (book jacket style).

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


Created by:
Tom Turnham,  
Design & 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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