Lesson 3: Perfecting structures

Pupils complete the remaining structures for their playground apparatus, developing and testing them as they work and adding the cladding.

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To improve and add detail to structures

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Generate, develop, model and communicate ideas through discussion and annotated sketches
  • Select from and use a wide range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks
  • Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
  • Apply understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce complex structures

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should be encouraged to make fewer, simpler structures.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should produce a range of good quality, complex structures with sophisticated cladding techniques.

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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