We provide opportunities for each child to design, create and use their own ideas and experiences to further their learning in Design and Technology. Children develop increasing independence to develop as learners and broaden their thinking about the design processes, including creating and refining their own ideas. These skills are transferable to other subjects.
Design and Technology is taught through cross-curricular links relating to the topics taught throughout the year. There is a clear focus on raising standards in Design & Technology skills in line with the new curriculum. To enable a wide range of experiences in line with requirements, cooking facilities have been developed to enable all children to experience high quality food technology.
Children are encouraged to work independently and can select a range of equipment and tools to use. They are supported to test their ideas and persevere when things become more challenging.
Children will be given the opportunity to progress their skills throughout the school, with a particular focus on planning, designing and evaluating their idea and product, with an opportunity to improve it based on their evaluation.
Children are given the opportunity to access the cooking facilities on a regular basis. The school provides a budget to give the children a wide variety of culinary experiences.
Year 5 have enjoyed cooking again, in their DT lessons, after careful risk analysis, due to Covid.
Following their studies of the Mayan culture, in their history, the children researched the ingredients that would be readily available to the Mayan. The children had also studied a book called, “The Corn Grows Ripe” by Dorothy Rhoads, as part of their guided reading. They knew the importance of the corn and the gods in their agriculture. They also learnt how the butternut squash was hollowed out to make a water jug.
The children have learnt about healthy eating and food groups as part of their PSHE studies too. We then compiled a list of likely ingredients for our recipe. The children were regularly washing their hands as they shared utensils. They learnt safe ways to chop different shaped vegetables and how to make a “bridge” shape with their hands, in order to chop safely.
We then thought carefully about the presentation of our soup – one lumpy and one smoothed with a blender. We added sprinkles of chilli, pumpkin seeds, sage and a twist of lime to make it look appealing.
This half term Year 6 have enjoyed designing and creating their own Greek labyrinths.
The children studied the Ancient Greeks as part of their history learning. Before we started thinking about our own designs, we enjoyed finding out about the history of mazes and labyrinths and exploring images of famous mazes around the world. We spent some time thinking about our designs to ensure that they were fit for purpose. We had to be very careful when measuring to ensure that our dimensions were accurate and precise – this involved some maths skills too. When marking out our mazes, different sketching techniques were used to show lighter and darker areas. We had to make sure that we had one entrance and one exit. The children enjoyed adding in extra paths that led to nowhere!
To create our labyrinth we used cardboard for the base and art straws to represent the walls of the maze. We had to cut the straws to size, measuring each wall accurately from our plans. The children used glue to secure their walls. Over time, we found that we needed to refine some of our designs and make improvements so that the product was fit for purpose. After the labyrinths were complete, the children evaluated their product to identify what went well and what could have been made even better. Creating the labyrinths definitely reinforced the importance of measuring carefully and precisely.
Year 5 DT write up Autumn 2020
This term, year 5 have been busy making Viking longboats which include a pneumatic system.
First we looked at the design, materials and build of the real longboats and concluded that the Vikings had incredible DT skills of their own.
We carefully traced around a template of the hull, onto a cereal box, and cut it carefully using a craft knife and craft mat. We made accurate measurements of square doweling to find midway points to drill a hole, using a hand drill. We measured the round doweling to find 1/3 of the length to make the mast, which we then cut with a hacksaw. There was a lot of problem solving involved, where we had to sharpen the round doweling to fit snugly into the hole, before securing with a glue gun. As we used cereal boxes, we sometimes found the folds were weak spots in the hull, so we reinforced these areas with patches of card.
We had to talk a lot about using the tools safely and so we used blu-tac to poke holes in the card safely for the shields to be attached with split pins.
The boats also have to look good as a finished product, so we used a technique called decoupage, to strengthen and join the structure, and to make the boats look wooden.
Sails were attached with glue guns and a pneumatic system attached to make the sail “blow“ in the wind.
Time was also given to evaluate our finished products and think of alternate ways to make use of the pneumatic system i.e blowing a shield off the boat!
Year 4 DT Autumn 2020
In the Autumn term, the children in Year 4 worked on a combined Art and D.T project. The task combined making a cake stand and decorating the top with a Roman mosaic. The children learned how to make the card stronger by folding and gluing together layers; a process called laminating. The more tricky part was constructing the legs and ensuring the cake stand was stable and level. At the end of the project, the children evaluated their cake stands by identifying what had worked well and the skills they could try to improve next time. The children really enjoyed the project and produced some amazing cake stands; it was fantastic to see some children had even baked some cakes and made use of their cake stand at home!
Year 3 DT Autumn 2020
This half term, the year 3 children learned about the fascinating Egyptian civilisation and some of the famous artefacts uncovered.
During their Egyptian themed day, the children had the opportunity to investigate some of the artefacts and how they might have been made in ancient times. The children chose their own tools to carve varying lines and create different effects on scarab beetle amulets made out of soap. They also did this to engrave their names in hieroglyphs onto their own cartouche made from clay, after moulding, joining and smoothing their product. The children finished by glazing their dried cartouches with colours chosen to match their symbolic meaning.
the Autumn term, Year 3 have had several opportunities to cook things in order
to practise the skills of following instructions, joining and combining a range
of ingredients and working safely and hygienically. During each cooking
opportunity, the children worked in groups to measure and weigh food items.
Their first opportunity to combine ingredients required no baking – the
children make a bruschetta snack as part of their cultural understanding day.
They chopped and sliced basil leaves, tomatoes, onion, crushed garlic and
poured balsamic vinegar and olive oil before spooning it onto slices of
baguette. We discussed different components of a balanced diet and then
revisited this as part of a STEM Day challenge; the children had to design,
make and evaluate a street food based around a British-grown pepper. We stuffed
the peppers with healthy options that would make us feel full. There were lots
of fabulous alternative designs and we discussed how well they each contributed
to a healthy and varied diet.
Their latest cooking
challenge was to bake Egyptian-style flat bread to understand a cultural
difference in an everyday food and to see how it was cooked differently using
oil. The children were very surprised at its size and taste compared to traditional
After learning about the key processes of Ancient Egyptian
life in History lessons, Year 3 learnt about key artefacts, including the
cartouche that recorded a person’s name. As a class, we watched a tutorial on
how to shape and mould separate pieces to layer the structure to ensure it
looked authentic and how to join the pieces of clay effectively to ensure that,
once dry, they would stay stuck together. We discussed and planned, as a class,
the tools that may be most effective and useful for each stage of the product and
how to be safe whilst using them in the classroom. We trialled and tested the
proportions of clay that were needed for the base, the outer edge and the bar
to ensure accurate assembling and the children assessed this as they went,
remodelling where necessary. Once it was dry, we finished off the product by
glazing it using paints to make it look more decorative to suit it’s purpose
and seal the clay. The children chose colours that they thought the Egyptians
would have had access to and use to show wealth.
Year 4 D and T Autumn
Year 4 have been learning about the
design and technology skill of lamination. We designed and made a cake stand in
the Roman style, with a roman mosaic on the top.
Children learned that if we layer
materials, it makes it sturdy and strong. They were able to discuss what was
good about their products and what they could do to make them better.
To finish off, we made some authentic
honey cakes to adorn our cake stands. Well done to year four for putting in
lots of effort for whisking their eggs in the Roman way!
Year 5 D&T – Autumn 2019
Moving Monsters and pneumatics has been
our autumn term topic for D&T. We have looked at different objects that use
pneumatics, how they work and how compressed air can be used to move things. We
connected tubes to different kinds of pumps to see which were more effective
and then began to think about how we could make a pneumatic ‘Moving Monster.’
We are now designing our monsters and will soon be connecting them to a
pneumatic system to make them move.
Year 6 D and T Autumn
This term in Year 6 we have been learning about the Ancient
Greeks. As part of this topic we have looked at Greek gods and architecture and
then used this to plan and make our own version of the Parthenon. The audience
for our models was to be another child to help them to understand more about
First, the children used their computing research skills to
find out as much as they could about the architecture, structure and use of
temples in order to use a range of information to inform their design. They
then did some investigative work to find out: the strongest type of columns;
how to create a net for a triangular pyramid (which would be used to make the
roof) and making a base with steps which would support our temple.
After discussing the children’s findings, it was then time to
plan their temples using their DT skills; considering the culture and society
of ancient Greece in their designs. We discussed the need for accurate
measuring in order to ensure precision for their final model and the importance
of making sure that their product was strong and “fit for purpose”.
model temples were completed, the children used their evaluative skills to:
and further improve their product.
how it could be improved it,
Asked if different
resources would have improved their product.
they posed the question “does our product meet all the design criteria?”
The children worked very hard and thoroughly enjoyed the
activity, demonstrating great team work and communication too.
Our topics for this term are ‘Dinosaurs’, ‘Roots, shoots and muddy boots’.
Here are some observations from Tapestry of children using Design and Technology to develop their learning:
A child came to show me the plane that she had made, I was very impressed. She told me that it was like the plane that she went on a long time ago. When I asked her where she had gone she said, “On holiday, it was hot, I like when it hot. I like swimming.” I agreed that holidays were good fun. I looked at her plane and wondered if anything was missing, she was unsure so we looked at a picture of a plane together. The child noticed the writing on the plane and the windows, I suggested that she add them to her plane. She knew that she needed either a square or a rectangle but was unsure how to draw one, I modelled how and she tried hard to draw them on her plane; she even drew a window for the pilot to look out of.
Our topics for this term are ‘Fantasy’, ‘People who help us’.
Here are some observations from Tapestry of children using Design and Technology to develop their learning:
A child and his friends decided to use the large construction to build themselves a new juice machine. As the machine was taking shape the child realised that it wouldn’t stay standing up. I explained to him that it wasn’t ‘balancing’ and we chatted about what this word meant. We looked at a chair and I pointed out that each of its four legs were in the corners and this helped the chair to be stable. The child noticed his machine had only three legs and two of the were on one side. He worked hard to redesign his machine and we then tested how stable it was by gently bumping into it.
A child came over and showed me that she had made a watch on the making table. I asked her what we use watches for and she told me we use them to tell the time. I asked her if she could remember what we had talked about in maths before about time and she was unsure, so I reminded her that when the big hand points to the 12 we say O’clock at the top. She then remembered and did the action while saying it. I then looked at her watch and realised that she had drawn 2 O’clock as the time and asked her if she knew what time she had drawn. She had a look at and said 2 O’clock! Well done!
Key Stage One
This term our topics have been ‘Weather Experts’ and ‘Our Planet and beyond’.
The children discussed traveling around on the moon in a moon buggy. They looked at some photos of moon buggies and talked about what features a moon buggy would need such as
wheels and a steering wheel. The children then worked hard as they designed and made their own moon buggies and tested them in motion.
This term our topics have been ‘Air, Land and Sea’ and ‘Art around the world’.
During the topic ‘Air, Land and Sea’ the children made Ham pasta bake and enjoyed eating this in school. It was delicious!
The children also talked about how people travel on water and discussed what is special about modes of water transport and who might travel on water and why. The children then designed their own boats to travel on water. They thought about what materials would be best to use and how to ensure their boat was going to float. The children chose their own materials to make their boats and tested them in a tray of water to see if their design and build had been successful. They then evaluated their boats and thought about what they would do differently next time.
As part of our ‘Art around the world’ topic the children have been learning about different countries. They made and tasted a vegetable curry and this was new to many of the children but most said they enjoyed eating it and some said they would like to have it again.
The Nursery children visted the Resources Room for the first time. The children really enjoyed making gingerbread men together, which was part of a class reward. The children followed a recipe and got the opportunity to add ingredients and decorate their own!
Children in Reception classes have continued to have access to a variety of modelling resources and have been developing their ideas based on their own interests. Some of their work has inlcuded building sledges during the snowy weather and a fire station, linking to their topic ‘People who help us.’
The Reception children have also made chocolate crispy cakes. They carefully used the scales to weigh the correct amount of each ingredient and practised stirring their mixture before putting it into the cake cases.
During Book Week, Year 1 enjoyed making vegetable Gruffalo Crumble alongside their Julia Donaldson learning. This recipe used lots of healthy ingredients and made the whole corridor smell amazing. The children enjoyed chopping the vegetables themselves and measuring the correct amount of each ingredient before tasting the finished product. Lots of the children really enjoyed this dish!
During their Air, Land and Sea topic work, Year 2 have been learning about the importance of eating healthily. They have explored the main food groups of carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables, protein, dairy and fats and have designed their own healthy sandwiches. The children tried to include as many of the different food groups as they could when completing this task.
At the end of this piece of work, the children made and tested the sandwich they had designed. Some of the children discovered some very interesting sandwich combinations!
Year 2 have also used junk modelling resources to create their own baskets. They did this having to meet two criteria: all designs had to have a handle and they needed to hold tomatoes. The finished baskets had to transport tomatoes without the fruit being squashed. The children really enjoyed testing their creations. After the testing, the children discussed what went well and what could be done next time to make the baskets even better.
Reception watched the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and talked about healthy and unhealthy food. They talked about the importance of staying healthy, and how the caterpillar needed to eat lots of healthy food to help him grow big and strong to turn into a butterfly. All the children made their own fruit salad; they were asked to cut up their own fruit carefully with a knife, and add it to their cup. They were very good at trying new things just like The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
During Harvest open afternoon, the year one children enjoyed making their very own apple crumble. Learning to cook is an important skill and the children would be able to replicate this recipe at home. They were extremely proud of what they had made. It smelt amazing and we’re sure it tasted just as good!
During year 2’s ‘Medieval Norwich’ topic they have designed and made a drawbridge suitable for a castle. They all had the same materials to use for their designs and had to discuss each design in their teams before they started to make their bridge. We tested out their bridges using weights and discussed why some people’s designs were stronger than others and what they would change about their design if they were to do it again.
This term children in the EYFS have enjoyed taking advantage of the glorious weather and have taken their design and technology skills outside. They have enjoyed using the outdoor area to build dens and have been practising evaluating and adapting their dens when they have not been fit for purpose. They have also enjoyed developing their ideas using the large construction equipment available.
Inside the classroom the children have enjoyed being involved in whole class junk modelling activities to design animals and habitats that they saw at the zoo.
Children have been learning new skills and have practised these skills in their free choice activities.
All children in the EYFS have continued to enjoy daily access to creative resources and have been encouraged to develop their ideas and adapt their creations when necessary.
Children in Year One have also enjoyed taking design and technology outside this term. They have been using their DT skills to design and create boats. The children used a range of materials to create their boats and then tested to see if they would float. The children were encouraged to talk about their creations and adapt their ideas when things did not turn out as they had expected.
Children in year two have been busy exploring our school and drawing maps. They were challenged to create a 3D map of our school and they used their design and technology skills to create 3D map using junk modelling. The children were very proud of their creations.
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