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Our Design & Technology Curriculum

Curriculum Intent


For every child to use their imagination and creativity to design and make a range of products within a variety of contexts. Children will build and apply the knowledge and skills needed to design high quality products. They are given the opportunity to understand nutrition and learn how to cook. At Greswold we want children to develop their imagination, their critical thinking and their understanding of the world around them through their love of Design and Technology. We aim for our children to question and think innovatively about the world around them in order to design and develop their own products with a purpose in mind.


Click here to view the National Curriculum for Design & Curriculum.


Early Years 


Children use a variety of construction materials within their environment. They follow their interests and with support, plan, gather resources and then create their unique pieces on both a large and small scale. Children learn, through experimentation, how to manipulate a variety of joining equipment for example split pins, tape and glue. This also develops their fine motor skills and their ability to assess, evaluate and improve their own work and the work of others. Pupils are given the opportunity to use and develop skills of one-handed equipment such as saws, hammers and hand drills, under adult supervision and following the correct safety measures.


Year 1


Children will design, create and evaluate their own moon buggy. They will have the opportunity to use a variety of materials and tools to bring their designs to life. The children will explore different fairy tales and evaluate existing moving picture books, before they create their own moving pictures using levers and sliders. Making links with our PSHE unit, ‘Healthy Me’, the children will taste and evaluate premade dips and dippers, before creating their own healthy and balanced products. They will evaluate their work by comparing it to other dips created by members of their class. 

Year 2


Children will make links to the story ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper and their PSHE unit ‘Healthy Me’, gaining the exciting opportunity to design, prepare and taste their own vegetable soup. This gives them the chance to practise food preparation skills such as peeling and chopping as well as important life skills, such as teamwork. The children investigate and create their own freestanding structure using different construction materials, exploring and evaluating how they can be made stronger and more stable. They also learn simple sewing techniques in order to create a minibeast puppet, linking to their learning in Science. 


Year 3


Pupils create an igloo investigating and analysing a how to build an igloo using sugar cubes and PVA glue. First making a prototype and then a finished product and finally, evaluating their design and its practicality. Children design a net following a set of design criteria, using cutting to engineer a final product. They make a healthy food product, choosing their own ingredients, peeling, cutting, safely grating and combining ingredients to make a delicious end product. Pupils also create a moving picture using levers and linkages relevant to an area of their choice, reflecting their individual interests. They experiment with and develop joining elements to create movements in different directions. 

Year 4


Children use the process of investigating, designing and evaluating three items across the course of the year. Linking to our English topic of Roald Dahl, the children are asked to make a bottle holder, with a design brief sent from the BFG. Skills used to make this bottle holder are cutting, practising different sewing techniques and creating a fastening for the top of their bag. After learning about Electricity in Science, the children work in small groups to design and create a burglar alarm. In conjunction with their visit to Selly Manor and their knowledge from the history topic of the Tudors, the children make a model Tudor house with has a wooden frame. They develop their understanding of joining techniques, using axle supports to ensure their free standing structure is stable.


Year 5


To link with their Science topic of Earth and Space, the children design, plan, create and evaluate a lunar rover. Using mechanical and electrical systems and a variety of tools, the aim is to create the fastest and most reliable lunar rover. The children test their rover competitively and are given the opportunity to adapt their design to improve it. The children thoroughly enjoy their cooking project where they are tasked to design, prepare and cook a healthy muffin, which includes seasonal and nutritious ingredients. In preparation for this, the children conduct market research, tasting products currently on the market and evaluating how they are packaged. They then use this to design their own muffin with appropriate packaging.  

Year 6


Children will use a range of skills, including: planning, designing, adapting, creating and analysing, in order to produce products of a high quality suited to a particular audience and purpose. As they approach the celebration of Christmas children will design and make clay pots as a gift to a member of their family, evaluating the final product and its suitability for the recipient.  As well as this, pupils will learn and apply different stitches when making their own Christmas stocking.

To link in with their WW2 project, children will work as a team, using a range of materials, to create replica Anderson shelters, drawing on the knowledge and experience they have of sitting in one on their educational visit to Weston Park. They consider both the interior and exterior of their structures, choosing the most suitable materials and layouts to reflect the era.


As part of their ‘Healthy Me’ unit in PSD and Science, pupils will also have the opportunity to make healthy snacks where they will also be expected to be able to explain their nutritional value and the positive impacts they might have on body and mind. 
As well as this, pupils will also work collaboratively, developing their knowledge from Year 4 of how to stabilise and strengthen free standing structures, in order to solve the problem: what’s the heaviest weight your bridge can support?