Lesson 1: Greeting cards

The children look at the history and development of exchanging personal messages, including the creation of the first prepaid stamp that enabled people to enjoy sending mail including greeting cards. They receive a design brief and write criteria to fulfil this with an electronic greeting card design.

Before the lesson

Classroom resources

Learning objective

  • To explore, analyse and evaluate greeting cards

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:


  • Understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world
  • Investigate and analyse a range of existing products
  • 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: Should work on the card analysis and evaluation in pairs or small groups. Can be provided with some upcoming calendar events, such as International Friendship Day, depending on the time of year. Preset who the children will design for and keep it class-based so that they can refer to each other for support.


Pupils working at greater depth: Ask the children to sort some of their ideas for writing a greetings card into the three categories (seasonal, commemorative and sentimental). Challenge the pupils with topics that have a higher degree of sensitivity where appropriate, such as get well soon and apologetic cards.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress 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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