Lesson 3: Making the card

Children learn about sourcing inspiration and how it helps with developing design ideas. They create a mood board to inform their electronic card design ideas and consider how their design ideas meet the design criteria.

Before the lesson

Classroom resources

Learning objective

  •  To create a moodboard to help inspire and generate a range of design ideas

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
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Make the number of choices smaller with the mood board materials and number of design ideas to complete.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should explain that their mood board needs to demonstrate distinct themes from their design criteria. Can include detailed annotations on their design ideas to justify how certain elements meet the design brief and criteria.

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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