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Design and Technology

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They should work in a range of relevant contexts.

In Key Stage 1 children are taught to:

  • Design- for a purpose, be functional and appeal to themselves and others.
  • Make-choose tools and equipment to do practical tasks e.g. cutting, shaping and joining.
  • Evaluate – explore and evaluate existing products and their own designs.

They also learn how to make a product stronger, stiffer and more stable and use mechanisms for example, levers and axles. Children will also be taught about being healthy and where their food comes from.

In Key Stage 2 children are taught to:

  • Design- use and research products for a purpose, be functional and appeal to themselves and others. Through discussion and annotated diagrams to show what they plan to create.
  • Make-choose tools and equipment to do practical tasks e.g. cutting, shaping and joining.
    Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities
  • Evaluate – explore and evaluate existing products and their own designs. To understand how key events and individuals have helped and shaped the world in Design Technology.

They will also learn how to design and make electrical circuits and use ICT to develop ideas and control their products. Children will also be taught about being healthy, how food is grown and used in cooking.