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Early Years Foundation Stage

In the Nursery and Reception classes, D&T are part of an experience to explore materials and develop creativity. They are assessed according to the early learning goals and specifically through creativity and knowledge and understanding of the world.

Year 1 and 2

Year 1 and 2 students are taught D&T through the Edison learning curriculum, which integrates topic work and National Curriculum standards. They are using a range of materials to design and make products. There is further opportunity to develop designing skills through co-curricular activities.

Yr 1

What can we learn about our world from stories?(including Wales, Scotland and Ireland)

( D&T & Science)

Design, make, evaluate – Textiles & Card



Can Party Food be Healthy?

“Which materials would make good party decorations?

Design Technology:

  • Plan a party lunch for the class
  • Prepare healthy party foods
  • Design and make a party hat or party decorations


(1.2 we are tv chefs)

What is the best way for Mrs Armitage to travel?

Investigating toy vehicles

Tool skills

Making a prototype chassis

Design a vehicle

Make the vehicle

Evaluate the finished product

Technical knowledge build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable. Explore and use mechanisms -wheels and axles - in their products.

Sig Indiv: John MacAdam, John Dunlop, Charles Macintosh


Years 3 to 6

In Years 3 to 6 students continue to be taught D&T through the Edison learning curriculum which is topic based and linked to the National Curriculum. Students are taught to develop design through projects. There is further opportunity to develop designing skills in co-curricular activities.

Year 3

Let’s go on an adventure. Would we like to visit Guatemala?

(Geography, History and D&T)

Guatemala City and the Lowlands region

Mayan civilisation AD900 and What was happening here at this time? Alfred the Great, Athelstan

D&T design, make evaluate Puppets (Maya mythology – creation stories links between people and their environment)

Technological knowledge:

apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures - understand and use mechanical systems in their products - levers and linkages Food & nutrition tasting south American food

Year 4

Should we stop eating chocolate?


D&T design, make, evaluate

Market research

Design chocolate product make and evaluate

Analysis, design and making packaging


cooking & nutrition – know where food comes from

Year 5


What is it made of?

Mysterious Materials

Context Testing materials for companies



D&T design, make, evaluate

Shaky hand tester   

Fairground ride             

Use of commercial construction kits

Technical knowledge

apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures

understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages]

understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]

apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their product

Year 6


D&T design make evaluate

Student choice

(we are project managers)

Years 7, 8 and 9

Design and Technology is a multi-faceted, vibrant subject. It is a marriage of creative, imaginative ideas and valuable practical skills. It helps students understand the man-made environment around them while incorporating and drawing on an array of knowledge from disciplines such as mathematics, science, computing, engineering and art. 

Students learn to use research, investigation and insight to solve real and relevant problems by designing and making products. Completing projects to a high standard pupils will first use basic techniques in the lower years, before going on to master more complex equipment, such as the CAD/CAM laser cutter, CNC milling machine and lathe.

Course Content

Throughout Years 7-9, each year group is rotated on a bi-termly basis, allowing them the opportunity to study Product Design, Food Technology and Textiles. Students are encouraged to develop their creative, technical and practical expertise through a variety of activities and projects, using a range of materials and processes to produce their designs. Each project has been planned so that students will build on their skills and understanding, year on year.

Design and Technology in its very nature, encourages students to exhibit our BRISTOL values. As students practical skills advance and their confidence grows, they will understand the importance of being resilient – developing their problem solving abilities and learning to work effectively as part of a team.