Lesson 4: Decorating my waistcoat

After assembling their waistcoat, children add decoration in the form of appliqué, beads, buttons or decorative stitching

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To decorate your waistcoat

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need support tying knots, positioning buttons, threading needles and ensuring that they sew on the correct side.

Pupils working at greater depth: Should ensure that any words and symbols are straight and balanced (in terms of composition) on the garment.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progression 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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