Design Technology at Thorpe Lea Primary School
At Thorpe Lea Primary School, DT is taught throughout the year groups. Each class has a DT topic every term, where skills are learnt and built upon as the years progress. Even in our Early Years, there is constant access to a variety of materials to build and create- with Nursery even engaging in woodwork!
At Thorpe Lea, Miss Robinson is the DT lead. She is responsible for ensuring DT is taught to a high standard throughout the school.
Purpose of DT
The purpose of study 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. 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 impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
Key Stage 1
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They should work in a range of relevant contexts [for example, the home and school, gardens and playgrounds, the local community, industry and the wider environment].
When designing and making, pupils will be taught to:
Key Stage 2
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They should work in a range of relevant contexts [for example, the home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment]. When designing and making, pupils will be taught to:
Cooking and Nutrition
As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life. Pupils will be taught to:
Key stage 1
Key stage 2
Curriculum Overview for Design and Technology
|Year Group||Autumn term||Spring Term||Summer Term|
|Key Stage 1|
|Year 1||Food||Puppets||Moving Pictures||
|Design and recycling bin and logo||Sewing - Bookmarks|
|Food Tech||Birdhouse/Bug Hotel|
|Key Stage 2|
|Year 3||Stone Age Clay Models||Masks||Exploring textures to create the rainforest|
|Year 4||Seasonal Food||Pyramids||Pop up books||Roman Clothing||Volcanoes||London Landmarks|
|Year 5||Roman Chariots||Local Bridges||Build Pyramids||Insulation - Containers||Compassess||Design and make a bag|
|Year 6||Greek Pottery and Sculpture||Model Trenches||The Globe Theatre||Chocolate (designing a bar)||Sustainable Packaging||Designing a board game (link to circuits)|