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Assessment Resource Centre (ARC)

  1. Years 7-8
  2. Technology (Mandatory)
  3. Activities
  4. Generating design ideas
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Generating design ideas

Grade Work Samples
End of Stage 4 (end of Year 8)
Grade B Cameron   Courtney   Casey  
Grade C Terry   Dale   Lee  
Grade D Bobby   Lou   Shannon   Jo   Jamie  
Grade E Reese  

Description of activity

Students sketch and communicate a creative toy design suitable for a young child. They label and describe the factors considered when designing the toy. The suggested duration of this assessment for learning activity is 2 lessons (80 minutes).


Unit: Toy Maker
Area of Study: Products
Technologies: Timber (unit may also apply to other technologies such as Textiles, Metals etc...)

In this unit of work students have identified the use of toys by young children. They have examined a wide range of existing manufactured toys and identified the factors that affect the design of toys. Students have surveyed parents of young children and identified the needs of users. They have discussed ways of generating creative design ideas, using mind mapping and brainstorming techniques. Through previous experiences they have used techniques to communicate design solutions, and practised and refined their skills in sketching. In this activity students apply their understanding of the factors affecting design when generating creative design ideas and solutions.


A student:

4.1.1 applies design processes that respond to needs and opportunities in each design project
4.1.2 describes factors influencing design in the areas of study of Built Environments, Products, and Information and Communications
4.2.1 generates and communicates creative design ideas and solutions.

Criteria for assessing learning

(These criteria would normally be communicated to students with the activity.)

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • generate creative ideas (which involves the generation of ideas, and the degree of difference from existing ideas)
  • sketch a toy design suitable for young children that clearly and accurately communicates design ideas
  • label and briefly describe a range of appropriate factors that were considered when designing the toy.
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