Children design, make and evaluate three projects throughout the year, closely linked to their class topic. They experience continuous opportunities to apply and combine learning from across the curriculum, notably mathematics, science, computing and art. Children will cover topics involving construction, cooking, textiles, electrical components and mechanisms to ensure that they develop a broad range of skills.
All of the objectives are mapped out across the year groups and can be seen in the Design and Technology Progression Map.
In Year 1, one of their topics is ‘Keeping Healthy’. Children make a fruit kebab and learn to describe their design using pictures and words. They are able to describe the properties of the ingredients and explain why it is important to each healthy foods.
In Year 2, children design, make and evaluate a famous London landmark during their topic of ‘London.’ They learn to design their construction against a design criteria and join materials and components together in different ways.
During their topic of ‘Ancient Egypt’, Year 3 design and construct an Egyptian boat. They learn to describe their design using labelled sketches and consider equipment and tools when planning. Children also learn to evaluate their own and pre-existing products.
During Year 4’s topic of the ‘Romans,’ the children design, make and evaluate a Roman Colosseum. They are able to produce a detailed plan with labelled diagrams and accurately use a range of tools and equipment suitable for the task.
In Year 5, children construct a settlement island during their topic of ‘Invaders and Settlers.’ They are able to think about the aesthetic qualities of their work as well as use a range of tools and equipment expertly. Children learn to test and evaluate their final product.
In Year 6, children design, make and evaluate an animal rights quilt relating to their topic of ‘Freedom.’ They learn to produce detailed plans to show their designs and think about the aesthetic qualities of their work. Children learnt to critically evaluate the appearance and functionality of the product against original design criteria.