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
Structures - Freestanding structures
Food - Preparing fruit and vegetables
Mechanisms – Sliders and levers
Mechanisms - Wheels and axles
Food – Balanced diet
Textiles - Templates and joining techniques
Mechanical Systems - Levers and linkages
Textiles - 2-D shape to 3-D product
Structures - Shell structures using computer-aided design
Mechanical Systems – Pneumatics
Food - Healthy and varied diet
Electrical Systems - Simple circuits and switches
Textiles - Combining different fabric shapes
Structures - Frame structures
Mechanical Systems - Pulleys or gears
Electrical Systems - More complex switches and circuits
Food - Celebrating culture and seasonality
Mechanical Systems – Cams