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Design & Technology

At Manor Community Primary School all children, including SEN and disadvantaged learn the following concepts through studying different aspects of DT throughout the school

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. It encourages children to learn to think and to work creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team.

At Manor Community, we encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design, make and evaluate products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own needs, wants and values and those of others. We aim, wherever possible, to link work to other curriculum areas such as maths, science, computing and art.

The children are given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers. Design Technology is taught in blocks within the main curriculum topics particularly history and science.

DT skills are connected by using the subject knowledge within each of these areas as inspiration. For example, children in year 4 develop their Science understanding of electricity when building lighthouses.


  • Cause and effect - Learning about the designed and made world and how things work
  • Comparing and contrasting - Design inspiration from a range of designers, knowledge and understanding of materials and components, mechanisms and control systems 
  • Innovation - Design and create for a range of purposeful, functional products, making functional products for particular purposes
  • Reversible and irreversible change - Understanding how to evaluate and improve the quality of the product to maintain a high quality
  • Health and Safety

Key Skills

  • Textiles
  • Mechanics
  • Electricals and electonics
  • Food technology
  • Construction
  • Materials

British Values

By connecting our British Values through the teaching of DT, we explore issues that affect us all in our lives and this helps inform decisions that will shape our future. An example is the right to have a different opinion and the need to respect the views and opinions of others when discussing different designs and creations.

Key Stage 1

 Year 1

Children learn to use basic construction skills using a range of materials as this is a familiar concept, where children can use their understanding to build simple houses, or creating quilts linking this to their learning about weather in Geography. This builds on learning from EYFS where children create their own models using reclaimed materials. Children then connect their learning to health and safety by learning about different fruits and vegetables, using them to create simple dishes and learning how to clean and chop the food safely. Their prior learning about construction is further developed over the year when they link in their Time topic and History topic to build cars or trains.

Year 2

Children begin by learning about simple mechanics to make a moving picture using sliders and levers. The inspiration for their design comes from their Science work about animals and habitats. Their prior learning about construction is further developed over the year when they link in their Geography and Science topic to create hot air balloons This enables the children to further explore how materials are joined together to make a finished product and how to use the correct tools to do this safely.

Key Stage 2

Year 3

Children start by making Roman shields. This is informed by their History topic on the Romans. They build on their basic Year 1 and 2 skills to use a range of materials to build and construct a product. They progress to build upon their food technology skills learnt in Year 1 to create a healthy snack which links back to their previous Science topic on Humans and keeping healthy. Their prior learning about construction is further develop over the year when they link in their Time topic and Geography topic to create cultural clothing using different materials.

Year 4

During their learning about electricity in science, they apply their understanding to create a model lighthouse to protect ships approaching a dangerous coastline which links up their learning about coasts in Geography. The learning about textiles connects with the history learning through the making of a Viking purse and use as part of the enterprise topic to sell them and make a profit. Linking Time to their History and Art topics, they will research and create a phone model, comparing changes of communication and design through the years.

Year 5

The children use their learning about dangerous places in their Geography unit to create a travel bag using their textiles skills. They link in their prior learning skills to use a range of materials to build and construct a product. During their Science unit about Space they will use their learning to support them to design and make a sculpture of a planet. Building on their previous learning in year 3, children will research, design and create a healthy meal with its packaging, with a focus on the health and safety needed to fulfil the needs of an athlete.

Year 6

The children connect all their previous learning in order to work independently to apply their understanding of mechanisms, electronics and construction. They connect, embed and apply all the previous learning in order to design, plan and construct a floating, streamlined boat. The children will use their learning from the Time topic to design, plan and create a mechanical clock. Their science topic of Light will influence their electronics work to result in designing and creating an electronic game, considering the health and safety concerns of dealing with electricity.