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Design and Technology

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is about knowing which ones to keep.

Scott Adams

 Our Design and Technology curriculum is split into three key sections each year. Each year group will create three different projects by the end of the year. The first half of each term is used to develop an understanding of the project and develop the necessary skills which are needed to successfully complete the project, whilst the second half of the term is designing and making the project.

Children are able to explore in depth a wide range of materials, manufacturing processes and creative design-based activities with a focus on working increasingly independently to develop their own ideas effectively both individually and within groups. The various projects, which are completed throughout the children’s schooling career (Year 1 – 6), build on the work completed in previous years, ensuring children are constantly developing their knowledge, skills and understanding as they review and evaluate their design proposals and project outcomes.

This provides students with the opportunity to begin developing a portfolio of work and develop a confidence in Design and Technology as they progress throughout Primary School and transition into Secondary School.

Overview of the areas each year group are studying:

Year 1 – Cooking and Nutrition, Mechanisms and Textiles

Year 2 – Cooking and Nutrition, Mechanisms and Textiles

Year 3 – Cooking and Nutrition, Mechanisms and Textiles

Year 4 – Cooking and Nutrition, Electrical Systems and Textiles

Year 5 – Cooking and Nutrition, Structures and Textiles

Year 6 – Cooking and Nutrition, Structures and Electrical Systems

Year 1 and Year 2

Please use the ineractive Learning Journey to find out about Design and Technology. A downloadable version is located in the documents section.

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Homework - Autumn 1 (Y1)

Try exploring the food at home and see if the children can separate them into the correct categories of fruit, vegetable or meat. Can they tell you which foods are grown underground and which are above ground?

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Homework - Autumn 2 (Y1)

Watch the BBC video together and talk about the importance of cleaning your hands before making or eating food.

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Homework - Spring 1 (Y1)

Watch the BBC video together and talk about the different materials you can see. Can children find examples of products made of these materials in the home? You could play I-Spy to see if the children recognise the object i.e. I Spy with my little eye something made of plastic.

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Homework - Spring 2 (Y1)

Draw different shapes and lines for the children to practise their scissor skills. If possible try different material textures to allow them to cut paper, card or even cardboard. Can they follow the line accurately with the scissors?

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Homework - Summer 1 (Y1)

Watch the YouTube video and have a go at creating your own animal decoration using paper weaving skills.

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Homework - Summer 2 (Y1)

Click the web link and try following the instructions to create your one woven rainbow.

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Homework - Autumn 1 (Y2)

Choose a selection of foods from home – fruit and vegetables would be the best starting point. Can they find the label to say where the food has come from? Which ones were grown in the UK? Use an atlas or google maps to find where some of the locations are in the world.

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Homework - Autumn 2 (Y2)

Try practising the skills from this topic by hosting your own teddy bear’s picnic. Are the children able to choose healthy food choices for their sandwiches and snacks?

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Homework - Spring 1 (Y2)

Create your own shadow puppet show. To make the puppets you will need black card, scissors, a pencil, glue and some bamboo sticks.

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Homework - Spring 2 (Y2)

Showcase your sewing skills. Watch the YouTube video to help understand how to create a running stitch. Can children follow a straight line on a piece of fabric using a running stitch?

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Homework - Summer 1 (Y2)

Watch the YouTube video about The Invention of the Wheel and discuss how this mechanism has influenced transport over time. Compare wheeled vehicles from the past with today. What else has been added to make the transport even better – lights, an engine etc.

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Homework - Summer 2 (Y2)

Recap on the purpose of different types of transport and vehicles from their previous learning. Can children design their own new transport of the future? How will it move? What will this transport be able to do? Add a description with the design so your teacher knows.

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Where does our food come from?

Children will learn about the basic food groups of fruit, vegetables and meat. They will also understand where these foods come from i.e. the ground, a farm, the sea etc.

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I can make a fruit salad

Children will learn about how to use utensils such as a knife, fork and spoon correctly, as well as using peelers. They will use these skills to create their own fruit salad.

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What makes a good push a long toy?

Children will learn about the features of a push and pull toy, such as how you make them move and the materials they are made of.

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I can make a Roly Poly toy

Children will use cutting skills to design and create a toy which moves when pushed.

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I can explore the process of weaving

Children will learn about the different skills needed for weaving and will practise with a range of materials.

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I can make a woven decoration

Children will use the skills they have learnt in the last half term to create their own woven decoration. This time they will use wool as the main textile material.

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Where do different foods come from?

Children will learn that not all foods come from the UK and that most foods go through a process such as boiling, peeling, cooking, frying in order for it to be safe to eat.

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I can create a healthy picnic

Children will use cutting, peeling, grating and spreading skills to create a fruit skewer and healthy sandwiches for a teddy bear’s picnic.

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What makes a good puppet?

Children will learn about the different types of puppets, exploring how they move and the types of materials they are made from.

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I can make a hand puppet

Children will design and create their own fabric hand puppet. They will use running stitch to sew around the outside of the puppet.

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How do vehicles move?

Children will learn about the different types of vehicles and the range of purposes vehicles have i.e. an ambulance, a taxi. They will discover how wheels moving using an axel and chassis.

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I can make a moving vehicle

Children will use their understanding of how to create wheels with an axel and chassis and apply this to creating their own moving vehicle from recycled products.

Year 3 and Year 4

Please use the ineractive Learning Journey to find out about Design and Technology. A downloadable version is located in the documents section.

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Homework - Autumn 1 (Y3)

Make your own lever system at home and have a go at lifting a variety of objects. You could even weigh the item and make a record of the heaviest item you have managed to lift.

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Homework - Autumn 2 (Y3)

Follow the YouTube video instructions to make your own colourful wishing well at home. Could you use the skills you have learnt in school to adapt it to make the bucket move up and down?

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Homework - Spring 1 (Y3)

Keep a food diary for a week with the categories: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks and Drinks. At the end of the week check to see if you have managed to eat your 5 a day. Have you managed to have a balanced diet each day?

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Homework - Spring 2 (Y3)

Click the web site link and follow the recipe to create your own pizza at home.

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Homework - Summer 1 (Y3)

Choose 10 textile products from the house and record the type of fabric they are made from. Can you identify the joining techniques used? Are similar products made from the same textiles? Compare any similarities and differences in the materials.

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Homework - Summer 2 (Y3)

Watch the YouTube video and have a go at creating a row of backstitches. Are you able to follow a straight line?

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Homework - Autumn 1 (Y4)

Choose one of the videos to watch which show the process different foods go through. Discuss the different stages, then show your learning in a story map.

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Homework - Autumn 2 (Y4)

As we are using yeast in our bread making, have a go at the science experiments suggested on the link. Discuss what reaction is happening with the yeast and how this works within bread.

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Homework - Spring 1 (Y4)

Recap on the different parts of the torch and discuss how each component works together to make the bulb shine.

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Homework - Spring 2 (Y4)

Have a go at designing a brand new portable light source. Remember to think about the purpose of your product, who it is aimed at and what you would need in order to make it. Create a prototype of what your product would look like.

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Homework - Summer 1 (Y4)

Watch the BBC video to discover how different materials are tested. Choose three different fabrics i.e. denim, leather and cotton and have a go at your own textile testing.

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Homework - Summer 2 (Y4)

Showcase your sewing skills. Watch the YouTube video to help understand how to create a blanket stitch. Can children follow a straight line on a piece of fabric using a running stitch?

Have a look in the shops at the different designs which you see on pencil cases. Take a note of any designs or accessories that are included e.g. buttons, zips and patterns. Could you design your own at home?

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How do levers, pulleys and gears work?

Children will learn about the mechanisms of a lever, a pulley and a gear. They will explore how these systems work within different everyday objects.

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I can make an Iron Age Well

Children will learn about how the lever, pulley and gear system is used to collect water from a well. They will design and create their own well, adding in a working pulley system.

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How can I have a healthy diet?

Children will learn about the Eat Well plate and how to eat a balanced diet. They will also discover how food gives us nutrients and energy.

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I can make healthy pizzas

Children will use cutting, slicing, chopping and grating skills to design and make their own pizza, choosing a range of healthy toppings.

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What are different fabrics and textiles?

Children will explore the range of fabrics used within the textile industry and identify products made from these fabrics. They will learn how different fabrics are joined together i.e stapled, sewn, glued, pinned etc.

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I can make a mini beast shaped bean bag

Children will use sewing skills to design and create their own bean bag in the shape of a chosen mini beast. They will focus on using running stitch and back stitch.

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Where do different foods come from?

Children will learn that about where in the world different foods come from and why they are grown in these countries, whether this is due to the type of land or differences in climate.

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I can make bread

Children will explore the different types of bread, before making their own sweet and savoury bread recipe.

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How do different light sources work?

Children will use their understanding from their science ‘Electricity’ learning to understand how different light sources work and how they have changed over time. They will also explore the parts of a torch ready for next half term’s project.

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I can make a torch

Children will design and make a working light source by developing a torch which will encase a working electrical circuit.

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What are accessories and how have they changed?

Children will learn about the fashion side of the textile industry and focus on how accessories differ around the world. They will explore the types of materials used and how a range of accessories are made.

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I can make a pencil case

Children will use a range of sewing stitches – running, back and blanket – to design and create a pencil case.

Year 5 and Year 6

Please use the ineractive Learning Journey to find out about Design and Technology. A downloadable version is located in the documents section.

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Homework - Autumn 1 (Y5)

As many furnishing products included added details, watch the YouTube video and have a go at adding different buttons to a piece of fabric.

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Homework - Autumn 2 (Y5)

Using all the skills you have learnt, have a go at making your own stuffed pillow or toy. It could be any shape and decoration you want, i.e. an animal or an emjoi.

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Homework - Spring 1 (Y5)

Go for a walk around or drive around Darlington to discover the different types of bridges you can see. Try locations such as the train station and South park. What is the purpose of the bridge you have found? Keep a record of the different bridges you find.

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Homework - Spring 2 (Y5)

Click the web site link and read the task sheet which can be downloaded, and have a go at completing the bridge building challenge.

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Homework - Summer 1 (Y5)

Click the web site link and have a go at completing the Seasonality quiz.

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Homework - Summer 2 (Y5)

Have a go at making your own fruit crumble at home. Click the web site links. You can you use all (Seasonality Table) to amend the recipe to include ingredients which are available in the month you are cooking?

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Homework - Autumn 1 (Y6)

Mr Park is wanting to build a shelter for when Flick is at school. It needs to be waterproof as it will be outside and it also needs a door so she doesn’t get wet if she is inside the shelter during rainy weather. There needs to be a place for her to sleep and somewhere for a food bowl. Have a go at designing this shelter, include the materials and tools needed as well as a detailed diagram of the inside and outside of the shelter.

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Homework - Autumn 2 (Y6)

Using the task from Autumn 1, have a go at creating a model of the shelter for Flick. Make sure you include a hinge mechanism for the door so it will open and close.

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Homework - Spring 1 (Y6)

Watch the BBC video and complete the lesson on Controlling Physical systems. It will help you understand further about how electrical systems allow us to control a variety of everyday products.

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Homework - Spring 2 (Y6)

Choose an electrical product from home which includes an alarm. Can you explain how this product works?

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Homework - Summer 1 (Y6)

Put yourself in the shoes of farmer and play this fairtrade version of snakes and ladders. Discuss some of the problems you may face and how these could be overcome.

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Homework - Summer 2 (Y6)

Have a go at making your own British classic at home. It can be anything from Bangers and Mash to a Victoria Sponge Cake. Try to choose a recipe where you are using a range of different cooking skills.

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How are different textiles made?

Children will explore how different materials used in the furnishings industry and the techniques used to join these products together. They will practise a range of sewing stitches such as running, back, blanket, zig zag and overstitch.

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I can make a cushion cover

Children will use the sewing skills from the previous half term to design and make their own cushion cover.

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What are the different bridge structures?

Children will learn about and develop a range of different bridge structures such as beam, truss and suspension.

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I can make a bridge

Children will use their knowledge of bridge structures from last half term to work in a team to design and construct a bridge, showing their understanding of how to strengthen a structure.

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When do we get different foods?

Children will learn about Seasonality and how this impacts on the production of food throughout the year. They will discover the ways these issues are overcome through meat alternatives.

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I can make a dish using seasonal foods

Children will use cutting, slicing, mixing and baking skills to create two different recipes which include Seasonal foods

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Why are shelters needed?

Children will learn that about the range of different shelter structures, the materials used to create them and the purpose behind each product. They will also explore the importance of shelters during WW2.

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I can design an Anderson shelter

Children will use their understanding of an Anderson shelter to design and build their own model version.

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How do different circuit systems work?

Children will learn about how electrical systems are incorporated into a range of products. They will understand how these systems work and begin to ‘debug’ programs.

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I can make an alarm system

Children will use their understanding of circuits to design and make a working alarm system.

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How have trade links changes British food?

Children will learn about how and why Britain trades with other countries in order to gain a more variety food selection. The will also learn about the importance of fairtrade and how this has improved the lives of farmers around the world.

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I can make a variety of British inspired dishes

Children will use of cooking skills in order to make a corned beef pie and a fruit crumble. They will also be expected to follow a recipe to create fruity flapjack.