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DT

Our DT curriculum aims to develop the children's ability to assess the functionality of existing products and apply that when making their own. Each year group has a DT project that requires the children to go through a design process that leads to making a product. They then evaluate the effectiveness of the product and design process.

Each year, children will also have an additional DT project linked to cooking and nutrition. In this they consider seasonality, availability of food and the idea of a varied, balanced diet when creating mainly savoury dishes linked with their topic.

Click below to find out to find out about our children's DT learning.

Year 1
 

Autumn

In the autumn term, the children make toys. They explore and evaluate a range of existing products and then consider how to design a purposeful, functional, appealing product based on their design criteria. They select from and use a wide range of materials and components, according to their characteristics, and evaluate their ideas and products against their design criteria.


Spring

In the spring term, the children learn about modes of transport and the designs that allowed great explorers to travel to the places they did.


Summer

In the summer term, the children learn about the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet, explore where food comes from and apply their knowledge when creating a healthy snack.

Year 2
 

Autumn

In the autumn term, the children use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare food for a party. As they plan their dishes, they consider where food comes from and how to stay healthy.


Spring

In the spring term, the children design and build a replica of a Stuart house. When designing their replica they develop, model and communicate their ideas through a range of mediums, including talking and drawing. They select from and use a wide range of materials and components, exploring how their design can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable. They then evaluate their design against their design criteria and their knowledge of Stuart houses and the impact of the Great Fire of London.


Summer

In the summer term, the children evaluate existing products linked to the seaside.

Year 3
 

Autumn

In the autumn term, the children create models of Stone Henge out of clay, using sculptural techniques. They consider the dimension and proportions of Stone Henge to create a model as close to reality as possible.


Spring

In the spring term, the children develop their understanding of seasonality and where and how a food are grown, reared, caught and processed. They then design and make a savoury dish using a range of cooking techniques.


Summer

In the summer term, year 3 make Roman catapults. They research catapults used at the time and develop design criteria to inform their design. They consider functionality and use a range of techniques to communicate their ideas. When making their catapult, they use a wider range of tools and equipment and select materials based on their properties. They then evaluate their ideas and catapult against their design criteria and consider how they could improve their work.

Year 4
 

Autumn

In the autumn term, the children learn about Brazil. As part of this topic, they will be creating 'Pao de queijo' - Brazilian cheese buns. They will consider seasonality of food, where food comes from and different cooking techniques when creating their food. They will evaluate their bread and suggest ways they could adapt a recipe.


Spring

In the spring term, the children explore existing products as they consider items available in the the Anglo-Saxon period and how they were designed and made.


Summer

In the summer term, the children design and make pots in the style of the Shang Dynasty of Ancient China. They examine the design of pots at that time and consider the purpose and function of these items in the culture. They then apply that knowledge when creating a design brief for their pot before using a range of techniques to create their product. They then evaluation the design process and product against the design brief.

Year 5
 

Autumn

In the autumn term, the children make a replica of a castle with a working drawbridge linked to their learning about the Norman Conquest. They create a design criteria based on their knowledge of castles of the time. They then use a wide range of tools and equipment to construct their castle accurately and then use their knowledge of mechanical systems to make a the working drawbridge. The final stage of their project is to evaluate their castle against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.


Spring

In the spring term, the children use their knowledge of sculpture and design to evaluate pots and decorative items from Ancient Greece and use a range of resources to create models is the same style.


Summer

In the summer term, the children learn about the Victorian era. They think about how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world today. They then apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet as they make their own Victorian stew. The children consider seasonality and how ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed as they use a range of cooking techniques to make their dish.

Year 6
 

Autumn

In the autumn term, the children learn about a range of cultures and time periods and evaluate products used in each place and time.


Spring

In the spring term, the children create their own meals inspired by their learning about Europe and the Americas. The children apply their understanding of the principles of a healthy and varied diet, seasonality and how ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed when they make their savoury dish using a range of cooking techniques.


Summer

In the summer term, the children make toys using a range of mechanical systems. They start their project by examining and evaluating a range of existing toys. They then create a design brief and use a range of materials and building techniques to construct their toys. After they have made their toys, they evaluate it against the design brief and suggest improvement to their own and others projects.