Lesson 4: Assembling my book sleeve

Pupils attach their fastenings and decorate their book sleeves in accordance with their design criteria

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To assemble their book jacket

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately
  • 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
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Could cut out one large piece of fabric and fold in half so they only have two edges to sew. Might need support considering the order of assembly and threading needles.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should use consistently small, neat stitches. Should consider what parts of their product will take more stress and ensure that the stitches in those areas are reinforced.

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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