Lesson 3: Product concept

Learning about the impact humans are having on the planet, and consider methods to improve our current habits. Looking from the perspective of a designer, and consider how we can make more sustainable material choices. Understanding what is meant by 'concept' and develop an idea for housing the processor (Micro:bit) of our Navigation tool.

Learning objectives

  • To develop a sustainable product concept

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



Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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



Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Can be provided with the Activity: Product concept (guided) to prompt their line of thought as they write. Coul work in pairs or in small groups to inspire each other’s thoughts and ideas.


Pupils working at greater depth: These pupils should include detailed annotations and justification for their material choices and form. Consider all points from the client’s letter and try to incorporate them in the product concept (e.g. carabiner clip attachment).

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


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