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Design & Technology

Key Stage 1

Within Key Stage 1 the children are taught to develop their skills in designing, making and evaluating their own products as well as products that already exist. The children develop their technical knowledge and explore the use of mechanisms such as levers, sliders, wheels and axles.

The children in Key Stage 1 also learn the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet as well as where food comes from. They grow their own food and learn to cook using a variety of ingredients.

In Year 1 the learning journeys that are linked to Design & Technology are ‘The year’s story of a tree’; ‘Materials and their properties’ and ‘Christmas’. An example of this would be the children exploring, assessing and evaluating different materials and their effectiveness.

In Year 2 the learning journeys that are linked to Design & Technology are ‘Everyday Materials’ and ‘The Great Fire of London’. An example of the work they will carry out is an evaluation of why the houses burnt down in the Great Fire of London from a structural and material perspective.

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2 the children further develop the skills of designing, making and evaluating their own and existing products. The children learn to incorporate and understand mechanical systems in their products, for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages.

The children are also taught to apply their understanding of computing to programme, monitor and control their products.

The children are taught to understand seasonality and how to apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet into cooking predominantly savoury dishes.

In Year 3 the learning journey that is linked to Design & Technology is ‘Stone Age to Iron Age’ where the children will look at the mechanisms that were available from the Stone Age to the Iron Age and assess how effective for their purpose. The children will then design tools that could be used from the Stone Age to the Iron Age using a variety of mechanical systems for example pulleys, levers they were etc.

In Year 4 the children learn about the ‘Ancient Greeks’; they evaluate the impact of the Ancient Greeks on modern architecture, looking at examples of Greek architecture in the modern world.

In Year 5 the children learn about ‘Robots’; they will build and control a robot using the Lego Wedo technology. They will program it using algorithms that link to their learning in Computing.

In Year 6 the children learn about the Anglo Saxons in their ‘Battle for the Kingdom’ learning journey. The children learn to look at the mechanisms that were available to the Vikings and Anglo Saxons and assess how effective the tools were for their purpose. They will design tools using cardboard and papier-mâché that could be used by the Vikings and Anglo Saxons using a variety of mechanical systems, e.g. levers etc. They will then evaluate their tools and assess how and why tools have changed.

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