Design and Technology

Design and Technology Curriculum

Intent

Our design and technology curriculum is designed to help children “ believe and achieve.” We want to give children the skills and abilities to engage positively with the designed and made world and to harness the benefits of technology. We want them to see how new technologies will help our world combat climate change and make the world a cleaner and more equitable place. Through design and technology we will encourage children to be innovative and to make creative use of a variety of resources including digital technologies.  We want children to learn to work independently as well as part of a team to come up with a solution and to identify needs and opportunities.  Our design and technology curriculum will also enable children to learn to evaluate and think critically whilst at the same time developing a sense of aesthetic.

Our connected curriculum will help children to see connections between design and technology and other subjects so that they can use their knowledge to solve problems and seek solutions .

 

Implementation

  • Design and Technology will be taught in a two week block each term to enable children to have the time and the space to develop their skills.
  • Each unit will follow the design cycle of plan, do review and skills will be explicitly taught giving children a real life problem or context.
  • The curriculum will be enhanced and we will develop children’s cultural capital  by studying inspirational people in the field of design.

 

Key Stage 1

 

AUTUMN

SPRING

SUMMER

YEAR 1

Suggested Brief:To make a puppet

Skills focus: Textiles (1)

Templates and joining techniques

Suggested Designer: Richard Steiff (Invented the Teddy Bear)

Suggested Brief: To make a moving african animal

Skills focus: Mechanisms (1)

Sliders and levers 

Suggested Designer: Inventor of Meccano - Frank Hornby 

Suggested Brief:To prepare a raw salad

Skills focus: Food (1)

Preparing fruit and vegetables

(including cooking and nutrition requirements for KS1)

Suggested Chef: Jamie Oliver (healthy school meals)

YEAR 2

Suggested Brief:To make a queen’s carriage

Skills focus: Mechanisms (2)

Wheels and axles

Suggested Designer: William Chambers/Jim Frecklington

Suggested Brief: To prepare a tribal diet

Skills focus: Food (2)

Preparing fruit and vegetables

(including cooking and nutrition requirements for KS1)

Suggested Chef: Hugh Fearnley Whitingstall

Suggested Brief:To make a house

Skills focus: Structures (1)

Freestanding structures

Suggested Designer: Christopher Wren (St. Pauls Cathedral)


Lower Key Stage 2

 

AUTUMN

SPRING

SUMMER

YEAR 3

Suggested Brief: To make a moving penguin

Skills focus: Mechanical Systems (3)

Pneumatics

Suggested Designer: Inventor of the Supersoaker Water Gun - Lonnie Johnson

Suggested Brief:To make a kit bag

Skills focus: Textiles (2)

2-D shape to 3-D product

Suggested Designer: Designer of the backpack - Greg Lowe, Denter, Patagonia, Eastpak, Camelpack etc 

Suggested Brief:To build a freestanding monument

Skills focus: Structures (2)

Shell structures

(including computer-aided design) 

Suggested Designer: Anthony Gormley/ Gustave Eiffel pyramids

Suggested Brief:To prepare an Egyptian cuisine

Skills focus:Food (3)

Healthy and varied diet

(including cooking and nutrition requirements for KS2)

Suggested Chef: Kenny Atkinson

YEAR 4

Suggested Brief:To make a Roman catapult

Skills focus: Mechanical Systems (4)

Levers and linkages

Suggested Designer: Dionysius the Elder

Suggested Brief: To prepare a shepherds pie

Skills focus: Food (4)

Healthy and varied diet

(including cooking and nutrition requirements for KS2)

Suggested Chef: Hairy Bikers/Two Fat Ladies 

Suggested Brief:To create a light source

Skills focus: Electrical Systems (1)

Simple circuits and switches (including programming and control)

Suggested Designer: David Misell (inventor of the head torch)

 

Upper Key Stage 2

 

AUTUMN

SPRING

SUMMER

YEAR 5

Suggested Brief:To build a moon buggy

Skills focus:Mechanical Systems (5)

Pulleys or gears 

Suggested Designer: NASA inventors

Suggested Brief:To prepare soup & bread

Skills focus:Food (5)

Celebrating culture and seasonality

(including cooking and nutrition requirements for KS2)

Suggested Chef: Warburtons (story of the loaf)

Suggested Brief:To build a viking longboat

Skills focus:Structures (3)

Frame structures 

(including computer-aided design)

Suggested Designer: History of shipbuilding in North East

YEAR 6

Suggested Brief: To make, do mend a garment

Skills focus:Textiles (3)

Combining different fabric shapes

(including computer-aided design)

Suggested Designer: Stella McCaartney/Rag & Bone

Suggested Brief:To build a moving fairground

Skills focus:Mechanical Systems (6)

Cams

Suggested Brief: To prepare an arabian feast

Skills focus:Food (6)

Celebrating culture and seasonality

(including cooking and nutrition requirements for KS2)

Suggested Chef: Yotam Ottolenhi

Skills focus: Electrical Systems (2)

More complex switches and circuits (including programming, monitoring and control)

Suggested Designer: Silver Swam, Bowes Museum

 

Impact

  • At the end of each year, children will be assessed against age related expectations.
  • Children will gain practical skills which they will be able to use in their own lives.
  • Through the study of Design and Technology, children will develop learning behaviours such as creative problem solving, critical thought, team working and independence.
  • Children will be able to think logically and in sequence

 

Progression of Skills

 
  • DT Progression of Skills
    DT Progression of Skills