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


• investigate things and say how they work, what they do and what they are made of; 
• 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



‘What is D&T – and why do we need it?'
You must consent to the use of advertising cookies to allow this YouTube video to show.

Year 2

Perfect Pizzas/Food

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.

Image result for pizza


Year 3


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.
They then did a tasting test of different ingredients choosing their favourite to add to their final design.
They then made their own bread and butter puddings.
Image result for bread and butter pudding

Year 5

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.

Image result for pittas and dips

Year 6

Homemade soup

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.

They then decided which ingredients would be best to make their soup and used skills learnt to make their own soups.
Image result for soup
The children in raindrops created their own Christmas cards. They used tools such as glue, scissors and different glitters to design with a purpose. 

Year 1

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. 

Year 2
Santa’s Sleigh Mechanisms 
Wheels and axles
Children explored and discussed a variety of different vehicles, their features and what they are used for.
They followed their designs to create and make their vehicles using a range of craft materials.
They all had to make sure they are working safely and carefully while using different tools such as saws and vices. 
Year 3
Desk Tidy  Structures
Shell structures

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. 
Year 4
Storybooks/Christmas Cards 
Mechanical Systems Levers and linkages 

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. 
Year 5
Building Bridges 
Structures Frame structures
the children learnt about how simple bridges are constructed using beams, pillars or piers, then they made and tested beam bridge designs.

Year 6

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.