Design and Technology (DT) is a subject which helps develop children’s creativity, resourcefulness and independence. At Mayfield, it is often taught in whole days known as “Leadership Days” – this enables children to experience the full design process, from planning to evaluating, and to create a final piece. DT 2017

During Key Stage 1 pupils develop their imaginative thinking skills and talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making. They build on their early childhood experiences to explore how familiar things work. They talk about, draw and model their ideas. They learn how to design and make safely and start to use ICT as part of their designing and making.

DT 2017 2During Key Stage 2 pupils work independently and collaboratively on a range of designing and making activities. They think about what products are used for and the needs of the people who use them. They plan what has to be done and identify what works well and what could be improved in their own and others’ designs. They draw on knowledge and understanding from other areas of the curriculum and use computers in a range of ways, including the use of ‘Flowol’ to develop programming skills, and ‘Dazzle’ to sketch designs.

Withing the DT curriculum there are six main areas covered:

  • Materials
  • Food
  • Textiles
  • Construction
  • Mechanics
  • Electronics

Most of these areas are covered within each year group, with the progression of skills advancing as pupils move higher up the school.

Content of DT Skills Covered by Year Group

Foundation Stage Exploring using media and materials
Expressive Arts and Design – being imaginative
Year 1 Materials – cutting and shaping
Food – healthy diet
Textiles – using templates and running stitch
Construction – drilling, screwing, gluing and nailing
Mechanics – levers, wheels and winding mechanisms
Year 2 Construction – drilling, screwing, gluing & nailing to strengthen products
Mechanics – levers, wheels & winding mechanisms
Materials – cutting materials (tearing, cutting, folding & tearing)
Food – assemble & cook ingredients, understand where food comes from
Textiles – knitting
Year 3 Construction – choose suitable techniques to construct & disassemble products
Textiles – join textiles with appropriate stitching & seam allowances
Food – Prepare ingredients hygienically, follow a recipe and cook ingredients
Materials – strengthen materials
Year 4 Mechanics – making products work
Food – nutrition, following recipes and cooking using appropriate utensils
Textiles – join textiles with appropriate stitching, seam allowances & decorating
Materials – make products work by carefully selecting materials
Electronics – circuits
Year 5 Materials – use quality of materials to create suitable visual & tactile decorations
Mechanics – convert rotary motion to linear using cams
Food – range of baking & cooking techniques, create & refine recipes
Textiles – combination of stitching techniques (back & running) stitch
Year 6 Construction- how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
Materials – use quality of materials to create suitable visual & tactile decorations
Textiles – create objects using a combination of stitching techniques stitch
Food – measure accurately & calculate ratios of ingredients to scale up/down a recipe