Lesson 4: Finishing touches

Children apply the housing design to the automata frame and evaluate the final product, comparing it with the design brief and criteria.

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To apply the housing and finishing touches to the automata frame

National curriculum


Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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



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

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Support them as a group of pairs in measuring and cutting out each of the panels or provide them with the Activity: Automata supporting design sheets to decorate, cut, stick and complete their automata. Include keywords and sentence starters on a whiteboard for them to use at the evaluation stage. Record the feedback from the children in the wrap-up and use this to support the children in completing their evaluation.


Pupils working at greater depth:  Encourage them to be detailed about how their automata meets the requirements in the design brief and criteria, including improvements and potential solutions. Ask them to explain how they could envision their automata being used in a storefront display and how it would be flat-packed.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression and understanding


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