Cracking Ideas

Who is this for?

Thanks to our long-term partnership with Aardman Animations, we’ve built up a huge range of resources starring much-loved inventors Wallace and Gromit. There are lesson plans suitable for 4-7, 8-11 and 12-16 year olds, plus a host of additional activities.

What's available?

Our curriculum-linked lesson plans use Aardman’s work as a starting point to explore different aspects of creativity. Activity packs include plasticine modelling, drawing and acting.

Lesson plans and activities

Explore the downloadable lesson plans for KS2 - KS4 students. Each has a full hour planned and includes curriculum-linked group and individual tasks and full resource lists. Or take a look at some great design activities: what will you invent today?

Now Open! 2016 Cracking Ideas Competition - use the new lesson plans below to develop your entry and enter via our competition page

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Cracking Ideas 2016 - Morph Age 11-14

Age 11-14

Key Stage 3


The Brief

Designed to stimulate children's imaginations and creativity both in school and beyond and can be used as a fun activity towards competition entry or as an integral part of your school education provision for children with UK curriculua links provided.

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Cracking Ideas 2016 - Morph Age 14-16

Age 14-16

Key Stage 4


The Brief

Designed to stimulate children's imaginations and creativity both in school and beyond and can be used as a fun activity towards competition entry or as an integral part of your school education provision for children aged 12-16, the UK curriculua links also provided.

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Cracking Ideas 2016 - Shaun the Sheep Age 4-7

Age 5-7

Key Stage 1


The Brief

Designed to stimulate children's imaginations and creativity both in school and beyond and can be used as a fun activity towards competition entry or as an integral part of your school education provision for children aged 4-7, the UK curriculua links also provided.

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Cracking Ideas 2016 - Wallace and Gromit Age 8-11

Age 7-11

Key Stage 2


The Brief

Designed to stimulate children's imaginations and creativity both in school and beyond and can be used as a fun activity towards competition entry or as an integral part of your school education provision for children aged 8-11, the UK curriculua links also provided.

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Cracking Ideas Lesson Plan 12-16 year olds

Age 14-16

Key Stage 4


The Brief

90 minute lesson plan focused on engaging 12-16 year olds with the challenges and opportunities of product design.  Ideal for use in Design & Technology, but has relevance to business studies, history, ICT and other subjects.
 

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Cracking Ideas Lesson Plan 5-7 year olds

Age 5-7

Key Stage 1


The Brief

Hands-on and thought provoking one hour-lesson plan, adapted for younger children.  Includes whole group and small group work.  Additional activities that could enable it to be split across more sessions.
 

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Cracking Ideas Lesson Plan 7-11 year olds

Age 7-11

Key Stage 2


The Brief

Energetic and thought-provoking one hour lesson plan that encourages innovation and practical problem-solving.  Clearly linked to Design & Technology but relevant to a range of subjects.

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Cracking Ideas Lesson Plan KS3

Age 11-14

Key Stage 3


The Brief

90 minute lesson plan focused on engaging students with the challenges and opportunities of product design.  Ideal for use in Design & Technology, but has relevance to Business Studies, History ICT and other subjects.

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Wallace and Gromit

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