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 other’s needs, wants and values.

They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impacts on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes and essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

At St Bartholomew’s, DT skills are taught across a two year cycle, meaning each skill is covered three times throughout school. Each year, children also complete a cookery unit to provide children with the skills to cook at home, including making healthy meals.  

In each unit of DT, children will explore and investigate the project, learn the skills necessary to complete the project, plan, design, make and then evaluate the final piece. 

Curriculum - Design Technology - Key Documents

Curriculum - Design Technology - Useful Links

BBC Design Technology - KS1

BBC Design Technology - KS2

Dyson - Engineering Challenges

IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) - KS1 and KS2

The School Run

Curriculum - Design Technology - Moving Flag

Class 16 had a go at creating a moving flag this week in DT, ready for next week, where they design their own moving toy.


Curriculum - Design Technology - Cam Toys - Class 17

Class 17 have been working hard at understanding how cams work. We built a basic toy together to test out our different cams and how they make the toy move.


Curriculum - Design Technology - Testing our Cam Toys

Children in class 13 have tested out their cam toys and evaluated the movements. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Cams

We have been investigating cams and seeing how they can move axels in different ways. Hopefully, we will be able to use this different movement when we design and build our own moving toys. Well done class 14. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Cam Toys

This week in design technology class 13 have made simple cam toys. The children loved experimenting with different shaped cams and seeing the effect on the follower. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Remembrance Day Biscuits

On Friday, we had a day dedicated to Remembrance Day. We discussed what it is and why we celebrate it and the importance of it too. The children enjoyed taking part in Poppy related activities, including making their own poppy biscuits.


Curriculum - Design Technology - Light Boxes

Years 3 and 4 have started their new DT topic. We are designing and making light boxes this half term. Today, we looked at some light boxes and created a circuit using a battery, bulb and wires. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Moving Pictures

Class 4 have been looking at moving pictures in DT today. We looked at the different types of mechanisms and then practised making our own moving picture using sliders.


Curriculum - Design Technology - Toys with Cams

Class 17 have started a new topic this half term. We will be making our own moving toy using cams to alter the movement. Today we played with some moving toys and tried problem solving why some wouldn’t work. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Construction Club

The children are continuing to enjoy construction club. There are some bigger builds that will take another couple of weeks to complete, but they are well on their way. The group of children doing the jigsaw have now completed it. They were very happy when the last piece was fitted.  


Curriculum - Design Technology - Special Places

Class 13 have been learning about the word special and what it means them. They then drew a picture of a place that was special to them. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Seaside Picnic Snacks

Class 6 made more delicious snacks for a seaside picnic this week! We made fruit sculptures and created seaside scenes onto cupcakes using fruit. We used the bridge and claw cuts to chop the fruit and thought carefully about the seaside creatures we were going to create. We had fish, crabs and turtles, to name a few! 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Healthy Eating

In DT, class 6 have been given the design brief to make a healthy, delicious picnic for children to enjoy at the seaside. After exploring lots of different food options and designing the perfect picnic, today we made our savoury item - a wrap pinwheel. We chose from a range of ingredients, making sure we had something from each food group and used our skills of chopping, spreading and rolling to create the wraps. They were delicious! 


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