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Design & Technology

D&T is a very practical ‘hands on’ subject! Pupils will be inspired through a rigorous and practical subject. They will have the opportunity to be creative and imaginative through designing and making products that solve real and relevant problems. In the early years, the children will begin to explore how to use tools and equipment effectively in order to represent their own ideas. This will be built upon in KS1, where pupils will design purposeful, functional and appealing products. They will understand how to use tools to perform specific practical tasks and they will begin to evaluate their own products. In KS2, pupils will further enhance all skills learnt so far. They will learn to conduct research, investigate and analyse in order to create innovative and appealing designs and products. As well as this, across both key stages, they will develop an understanding of the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.

Although we teach D&T through our topic work, teachers use Projects on a Page which have been written by The Design and Technology Association to help primary schools implement all aspects of the National Curriculum programmes of study.  There are five DT projects that ensure progression and coverage of the National Curriculum. The areas and coverage are as follows:

Years 1-2 Years 3-4 Years 5-6

Food - Preparing fruit and vegetables

Structures - Freestanding structures

Textiles - Templates and joining

Mechanisms - Sliders and levers

Mechanisms - Wheels and axles

Food - Healthy and varied diet

Structures - Shell structures

Textiles - 2D shape to 3D product

Mechanisms - Levers and linkages

Electrical systems - Simple circuits and switches

Food - Celebrating culture and seasonality

Structures - Frame structures

Textiles - Combining different fabric shapes

Mechanisms - Pulleys or gears

Electrical systems - More complex switches