Lesson 2: Making my pop-up book

Children create the structure of their books, including the pop-up features, and begin to make their mechanisms

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To follow my design brief to make my pop up book


National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:


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


  • 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


  • 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 ƒ

Technical knowledge

  • Apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures

Understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages]

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: You can give them the Activity: Jack and Jill book template and/or the Activity: Jack and Jill moving and pop-up parts that have been used as demonstration pieces in each of the teacher videos accompanying this topic. Could create their structures and mechanisms based on the Activity: Jack and Jill book template and the Activity: Jack and Jill moving and pop-up parts that accompany the lesson.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should work independently and be encouraged to make use of more complex mechanisms/sophisticated structures.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress 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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