Lesson 3: Base building

Children use nets to create the base blocks of their steady hand games, and decorate them in line with their design criteria.

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To construct a stable base

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Model ideas through prototypes
  • Select from and use a wide range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against 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 use a pre-made box or container as their base and decorate it in this lesson.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should design their own nets using plain card, set squares and rulers rather than the templates. They should also make backboards for their games.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


Created by:
Vicki Risianova,  
Design & Technology specialist
After 4 years of being a TV and radio presenter, Vicki headed to the secondary classroom where she spent 12 years teaching DesignTo make, draw or write plans for something. and Technology as well as PE. Working as a subject…
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