Design & Technology
At St Matthew’s, D&T skills are taught through our Creative Curriculum. The children learn to design, make and evaluate products in a range of contexts with a focus on creative and critical thinking. Throughout the school they are given opportunities to apply their learning and skills in some amazing projects! Some large scale projects and some small, they all help the children to see how the designing, making and evaluating process works in real contexts.
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. T
• plan what to make and be able to tell someone else about it;
• make things from our plans and be able to say what has or has not worked well and why;
• work with tools and equipment safely to measure and mark, cut and shape, join and combine and decorate and finish different materials;
• learn about how to use different materials and mechanisms.
• investigate and evaluate products to help generate ideas for our own work;
• make detailed plans for our ideas showing what we want to achieve and how to do it;
• use our plans to make products, evaluating and adapting our ideas as we work;
• work with tools and equipment safely and accurately to measure and mark, cut and shape, join and combine and decorate and finish different materials;
• learn about how different materials and mechanisms can be used for a purpose
We ensure the children:
• Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
• Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users and critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
• Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
• Children will design and make a range of products
•A good quality finish will be expected in all design and activities made appropriate to the age and ability of the child
Preparing fruit and vegetables
The children to looked at variety of different foods and the
importance of eating a well-balanced diet.
They then had to design and make a healthy and balanced pizza, making sure they remember to follow the pizza criteria chosen.
Healthy and varied diet
The children will learnt about the nutritional content of a
variety of desserts and consider how
grouping food can help us plan for a healthy diet.
Mexican and Greek inspired food
Celebrating culture and seasonality
The children learnt about different types of food and the cultures and/or regions from which they originate.
They will then tasted and described a variety
of different dips and breads before making their own.
Food: Healthy and varied diet
The children explored and discussed different varieties of foods and combinations. They analysed different nutrition facts and found out how to check the nutrition fact labels.
Christmas Card Mechanisms
Sliders and levers
The children researched what a moving mechanism is and how to create one. They focused on slider mechanisms, recognising the different types and how they work. The children then designed and created their own moveable Christmas cards.
The children investigated a collection of different shell structures including packaging and looked at the different nets and how they fit together. They then designed and created their own shell structure with a specific purpose of a desk tidy.
The children examined a variety of books with moving mechanisms and discussed their design and construction using some technical vocabulary. They then examine some moving mechanisms, sketching and labelling them. the children then designed their own Christmas card with a moving mechanism of their choice.
the children learnt about how simple bridges are constructed using beams, pillars or piers, then they made and tested beam bridge designs.
Fashion and Textiles
Combining different fabric shapes
Children learnt about the work of fashion designers, then discover some ways in which textiles may be joined and decorated.
Following this, they may either practise hand sewing stitches or identify machine stitching patterns on a range of garment.
The children then used these skills to make their own Christmas stocking with interesting designs on the front.