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Design Technology (DT)

Our design and technology studies are designed to teach the fundamental skills and knowledge in a themed approach often having links to other subject units of work. This glives a 'real' context in which to understand the purpose of their work and the criteria which will make their product successful. The aim is for children to understand some of the many real-life applications of design and technology and the key role that this has in the world of work today.

We have separated our study into three strands covering Mechanical and Electrical Systems, Cooking and Nutrition and Materials and Structures. These are all studied each year with the children being challenged at an ever increasing level as they are introduced to age appropriate units of work. Each year children are challenged to become more independent in the planning, skills as well as becoming more analytical in their product evaluations. Click to see our Design Technology Framework of Teaching Units.

Cooking and Nutrition

Possibly the most generally loved strand of any subject, cooking and nutrition gives the children the opportunity to design and make their own 'context based' food products - AND THEN EAT THEM! Surprisingly honest feedback usually follows!

Clearly, there is also the added importance of food hygiene alongside the usual safety issues that are considered with the children in all three strands of DT.

Mechanical and Electrical Systems

Children deconstruct and then investigate how an increasingly complex set of mechanisms work. By identifying the methods already used to make these 'working products', they are able to decide whether to try and use the same method, a similar one or their own approach to a variety of mechanism types.

Clearly, the challenge is to accurately use whichever method is chosen and to be able to work with others or independently.

Materials and Structures

This combined strand of challenges asks the children to apply their scientific and artistic skills to design and make products that are practical and usable. In each case they are to be the ultimate consumer and able to judge for themselves how effective their design has been, and how well constructed their final product is in meeting their brief.

The units studied provide a platform for children to develop their own approach to making products and the ability to work independently and collaboratively in doing so.

Design Technology Teaching Framework - Units of Work

Cooking and Nutrition

Mechanical and Electrical Systems

Materials and Structures

Year 1

Fruit Kebabs

Moving Pictures

Homes

Year 2

Sandwiches

Moving Vehicles

Puppets 

Year 3

Fruit Cocktail

Pop-up Books

Torches

Year 4

Making Bread

Moving Monsters

Pencil Cases

Year 5

Vegetable Soup

Moving Toys 

Soft Toys

Year 6

Tea and Biscuits

Structures

Slippers