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. 

These are the skills the children learn throughout each key stage: 


• 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


‘What is D&T – and why do we need it?'
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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.
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 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.