Design & Technology

Design and technology is a subject much enjoyed at Queen Edith. The opportunity for children to use their imagination and creativity to produce items that fit a given brief or help solve a problem is enjoyed by every year group across the school.

In line with the national curriculum for design and technology we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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
  • 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

Yearly Overview

Design and technology at Queen Edith is linked very closely to the topics. Below is a table which shows the work children complete each half term in the different year groups. For each topic there is an element of designing, making (which will involve the use of a wide range of materials) and evaluating.



Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Key stage 1

Owl sock puppets, Moving toy mechanisms,

Making bread,

Fairy tale room design in the style of Lauren Child,


Habitat boxes,

Castle models,

Making skeletons,

Designing and creating our own miniature gardens,

Preparing a salad using food from the vegetable patch,

Butterfly sewing,

Making kites

Middle years

Greek temples.

Clay Greek pots,

Cooking French baguettes,

Savoury cooking – winter soup

Winding mechanisms, Burglar alarms,

Roman mosaics


Paper mechanisms,

Later years

Sewing – Hand warmer,


(Motor Mechanisms)

African Animal Masks,

Baking biscuits/ Packaging,

Fairtrade Café (Cooking/ product design)

Longboat/Viking Helmet


Our Work
Children become skilled at planning, designing, making and evaluating the things they create.
They use this informed knowledge to help them on their next project. 




Miniature gardens year 1.
Year 1 have been busy designing and creating their own miniature gardens as part of their ‘Living Things’ topic in Summer A. First, they came up with their own plan about what they wanted to include and what resources they would need. Then, using a paper plate, they created the garden. Some children used paper to make trees, rocks and ponds. They also used sand, soil and wooden sticks. After they created these, they verbally reflected on what worked well and what they would do differently next time.


Middle Years
In Middle Years, Roman Day shields are essential for battle! 


Children also planned and created their very own Stonehenge.


Great pride is taken in creating the perfect winding mechanism and the art of Shadow Puppets design is thoroughly enjoyed and put to the test!

 Later Years
In Later Years, children really put their construction and design skills to the test.


 They create and bake biscuits as a mini-enterprise challenge as well as design the packaging for them.


 Our Learning
In KS1 We always plan and evaluate our D&T projects


These research, planning, designing and evaluation skills are followed through and refined during Middles Years and Later Years.

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