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Design and Technology

Design and Technology prepares children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. Creative thinking encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life. The subject encourages children to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas and eventually making products and systems.


Through the study of Design and Technology they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practises. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts. Design and Technology helps all children to be discriminating and informed consumers and potential innovators.


At Cookley Sebright Primary School, our Design and Technology curriculum is based on the Design and Technology Association's Projects on a Page.  Click on a year group to find out more details of the knowledge, skills and techniques taught in each unit.


Design Technology Overview 


Year 1 

Structures - Freestanding structures 


Food - Preparing fruit and vegetables 

Mechanisms – Sliders and levers 

Year 2 

Mechanisms - Wheels and axles 

Food – Balanced diet 

Textiles - Templates and joining techniques 


Year 3 

Mechanical Systems - Levers and linkages 

Textiles - 2-D shape to 3-D product 

Structures - Shell structures using computer-aided design 


Year 4 

Mechanical Systems – Pneumatics 


Food - Healthy and varied diet 

Electrical Systems - Simple circuits and switches 

Year 5 

Textiles - Combining different fabric shapes 

Structures - Frame structures 

Mechanical Systems - Pulleys or gears 

Year 6 

Electrical Systems - More complex switches and circuits 

Food - Celebrating culture and seasonality 

Mechanical Systems – Cams