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Primary Design Technology Scheme of Work

Photograph Frames (Lower Key Stage 2)

Design Brief: Design and make a free-standing photo frame for a specific theme, person or celebration.
Strand of Learning: Materials and structures

Overview: In this unit of work children learn about creating a wooden framework that can is used to create a free-standing photo frame. They investigate how frames are constructed so that they are strong and stable, and the different techniques that allow them to be free-standing. They apply this technical knowledge when designing their own photo frame. Children apply the ideas of theming and decoration and apply this knowledge to their own photo frame product.


Images from the Lesson Presentation Slides

  • 6 x Lesson Presentation Slides

  • Photograph Frame design sheets


Medium Term Planning includes:

  • 6 x lesson overviews

  • Vocabulary List

  • Learning statements linked to Curriculum

  • Support and Challenge

  • Assessment - Keeping up with the curriculum

Teaching Pack

Curriculum Scope and Sequence

Substantive & Technical Knowledge

Pupils should know:

  • The difference between a design brief and design specifications.

  • Design specifications describe how a product should be made, how it works or what it should do.

  • There can be a range of people and places that can be clients for a product.

  • Rules and procedures for keeping themselves safe when making products.

  • The properties of materials that they are working with and how these determine the tools and techniques that they use.

  • That a list of the main stages of turning a design into a product will aid the making process.

  • When evaluating products, it is important to use the design brief and the design specifications as a guide.

  • Peer review of their product is useful in identifying ways in which it could be improved.



  • That products are made of materials that are chosen because of their properties.



  • Whether a structure is a frame structure or a shell structure

  • Suitable techniques to strengthen materials.

  • Suitable techniques of making structures more stable

Practical Knowledge (skills)

Pupils should know how to:

  • Generate ideas for a product, considering its purpose and who the client is.

  • Use design specifications as a guide to the making process.

  • Follow instructions to ensure that they work safely.

  • Select suitable tools, equipment, materials, and components for the task.

  • Explain their choices of materials, techniques and tools when making a product.

  • Measure, mark out, cut and shape materials with increasing accuracy.

  • Select and apply a finishing technique to create a quality product.

  • Identify the characteristics of a design which makes the product useful and successful.

  • Test for the strength and stability of different structures

  • List the ways in which a finished product meets the design specifications. 

  • Evaluate their product using a range of sources including client review, peer review, design brief and the design criteria.

  • Use consumer surveys to evaluate their finished product.



  • Measure, mark-out, cut and shape a wide range of materials.

  • Cut internal shapes and joining slots in sheet materials.

  • Join and combine materials and components using a variety of methods.

  • Manipulate different materials to create different effects by cutting, creasing, and folding.



  • Choose suitable materials, techniques, and tools to construct or repair products.

  • Apply a range of practical skills and techniques to create stable and strong frame structures.

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