Students are asked to design and make a sock puppet that can be used to promote the social issue of 3-5 years olds starting school. They begin by briefly analysing a simple textile product - their school tie to consider how a relatively simple product still has been designed to be effective. They need to consider a full range of social, cultural, spiritual & moral issues that they have looked at in the previous 4 challenges when designing their sock puppet, a brief video is used to demonstrate that for some children it may be that they need support to make friends in a new environment. Students produce design ideas with little support, as they are expected to independently refer to previous prompts and scaffolding used.

Students produce a quick prototype of their sock puppet, using glue as a method of fixing the various components together. They then produce a final detailed evaluation, using no specified method, but being expected to produce an evaluation that meets the given success criteria (pegged to a notional A*-G grading), and using any previous techniques used throughout the other challenges.

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