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Gonerby Hill Foot

Church of England Primary School


Design & Technology

This is a very practical ‘hands on’ subject! Through projects linked to topics and focussed practical activities, pupils learn key skills in the areas of food, structures, textiles, mechanisms and electrical systems. They regularly apply these skills through ‘Design and Make’ projects. Here pupils design products to meet specific criteria to solve a real life problem, follow through their plans and make the product then evaluate it against the original criteria. Cooking and nutrition is a key area of learning and there is an emphasis on the preparation of food for healthy living.

Although we cover D&T through our topic work, teachers use Projects on a Page has 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