St James' Church of England Primary School

Together in faith, we are a winning team.

"Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. ...High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation."

National Curriculum, DfE 2014

Year 1

Building a house from paper and card– linked to London’s burning and science ‘everyday materials’ by choosing the material, cutting, joining and construction a 3D building.

Making a windmill using a pin ‘wheel’ mechanism - link to science/geography – weather. Year 2 will build on this skill.

Cooking includes: fruit kebabs, cupcakes, mini bread loaves and savoury dips.

Year 2

Linked to English topic ‘Long, long ago,' children create a ‘moving picture’ to demonstrate their understanding of one of the traditional tales. 

Creating an item that requires planning, designing, cutting, sewing – using textiles. For example, a picture using binka or a simple pouch.

Cooking includes: gingerbread man/woman, healthy pizza, egg and cress sandwiches and hummus. 

Year 3

Children  make a photograph frame for the art that they have created in ‘Picture me.’ The frame must have mitre corners and be able to stand up.

Design and make a ‘mechanical animal’ and link to science and art.

Cooking includes: carrot cake, pea and mint soup and Spanish omelette. 

Year 4

Design and make a chocolate bar and wrapper linked to English topic ‘You’re having a Laugh’ (Roald Dahl)

Planning, designing, creating for the Archbishop of York project.

Cooking includes: Leek and cheese tart, Stir fry with noodles and fruit crumble. 

Year 5

Draw the design, research, make a prototype and be participate in making an air raid shelter (Anderson Shelter) linked to the topic 'A Child's War' and experience weaving, sewing, darning from WW2. Plan and make a string bag from old clothes.

Study the designers and inventors that contributed to 'The Industrial Revolution' 

Make a Greek catapult or crane using levers and pulleys

Cooking includes: vegetable soup, baked potato with home-made coleslaw and pancakes with sweet apple topping

Year 6

Design and make a product that uses electricity and computer programming e.g. Traffic lights, house alarm. This links to science and computing. 

Whilst making Maya whistles from clay (in art) children will consolidate some design skills

Children design and make their own healthy cup cake with appealing packaging during cooking, topic and DT to sell at the summer fair.

Cooking includes: butternut squash burritos, spring rolls, pumpkin soup and vegetable biryani

Take a look at some more of our design and technology sessions...

We LOVE learning to cook!