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Primary Design Technology Scheme of Work

Mechanical Book Page (Lower Key Stage 2)

Design Brief: To design and make a page for a book for the class library with movable mechanisms to interest and engage the reader.
Strand of Learning: Materials & Mechanical Systems
Overview: In this project children create a page for a book for the class library. This book could be linked to wider curriculum learning. Children consolidate and develop their knowledge if simple mechanical systems with a focus on levers and linkages. They apply their knowledge of levers and linkages to create a movable part for the book page and enhance the page by adding other simple mechanisms such as pop ups and other lever mechanisms. Children add decorative features and text to make their page attractive and appealing to the reader.


Images from the Lesson Presentation Slides

  • 6 x Lesson Presentation Slide

  • Scary Crocodile (PDF)

  • Terrible Toucan (PDF)

  • Frankenstein (PDF)

  • Simple Mechanism PDFs for sliders and levers.

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:

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

  • How making models of their intended product can help in the design process.

  • 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.

  • What different components of a system do and how these can be incorporated into their product to make them work.

  • How the client can be used to evaluate the success of a product.

  • That peer review of their product is useful in identifying ways in which it could be improved


  • That products are made of different materials which are chosen because of the different properties that they have.

Mechanical Systems

  • How to create pop-up mechanisms for mechanical books.

  • How levers and linkages work together to create different movements in mechanical books.

Practical Knowledge (skills)

Pupils should know how to:

  • How to generate ideas for a product, considering its purpose and who the client is.

  • How to list the design features that will appeal to the client.

Drawing Skills

  • Communicate and draw out their designs using three-dimensional techniques such as ‘crating’ and isometric drawing.

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

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

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



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

  • Cut internal shapes and joining slots in sheet materials.

  • Select and use appropriate tools and techniques to complete a task.

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

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


Mechanical Systems

  • Create different types of movement in pop up books using a range of mechanical systems, including levers and linkages

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