Lesson 1: Monitoring devices

Exploring the invention and developmental history of the thermometer. Researching key animal facts and write informed design criteria, for an animal monitoring device.

Learning objectives

  • To carry out research to develop design criteria

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



Pupils should be taught to:

  • Understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

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Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Put the keywords from slide 2 into context by writing a few example sentences on the board, indicating where a familiar word could be replaced, for example, to observe/watch (monitor) the birds during the cold winter months. Provide with the Activity: Animal selector to complete the Activity: Animal research.


Pupils working at greater depth:  Challenge them to include drawings of the animal enclosures and label areas where a device could be attached or placed. Complete the extension task: Activity: Extension: Project cover to include images and/or drawings associated with their chosen animal or a collection of monitoring devices.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


Created by:
Rebecca Walsh,  
Design & Technology specialist
Rebecca is a passionate Design and technology specialist with seven years of experience delivering and leading the subject. Rebecca has previously taught across all of the D&T curriculum strands, including STEM clubs and extra-curricular activities such as RAF Project X,…
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