Lesson 4: Adding the circuit

Children bring all of the knowledge, idea generation and electrical system exploration from the unit together to complete a final design, with a corresponding circuit diagram and construct the electronic greeting card. They evaluate the finished product against the design criteria.

Before the lesson

Classroom resources

Learning objective

  • To create my final electronic greeting card, compete with a functional series circuit.

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]
  • 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 complete each step as a class or in small groups. Can use the Activity: Copper tape circuit diagram cut-outs for the children to rotate to match their LED placement and to stick or copy onto their final design. Can use the Activity: Copper tape circuit placement guide to support the children with applying the copper tape track.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should include detailed annotations to the final design and circuit diagram including intended methods and identifying where improvements have been made. Work independently following each demonstration.

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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