Introduction to how to carry out a product analysis
This is one of a set of resources developed to support the teaching of the primary national curriculum. They are designed to support the delivery of key topics within science and design and technology. This resource focusses on analysing existing products.
Product analysis allows designers to understand how products work and how they could be improved. This then helps them to produce better designs of their own.
Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links
In this activity learners will learn about two techniques that are commonly used to analyse existing products – the 5 Ws and ACCESS FM. They will discuss the key terms in each of these techniques and use them to investigate familiar products. They will also complete an interactive quiz to test their knowledge.
This could be used as a one-off activity or as part of a wider unit of work focussing on the design process. It could be used in conjunction with the IET Faraday Primary Poster – Materials and their Properties.
The activity sheet includes teachers' notes, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
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