Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and other’s needs, wants and values.

They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impacts on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes and essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

At St Bartholomew’s, DT skills are taught across a two year cycle, meaning each skill is covered three times throughout school. Each year, children also complete a cookery unit to provide children with the skills to cook at home, including making healthy meals.  

In each unit of DT, children will explore and investigate the project, learn the skills necessary to complete the project, plan, design, make and then evaluate the final piece. 

Curriculum - Design Technology - Key Documents

Curriculum - Design Technology - Useful Links

BBC Design Technology - KS1

BBC Design Technology - KS2

Dyson - Engineering Challenges

IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) - KS1 and KS2

The School Run

Curriculum - Design Technology - Types of Bridge

In DT this week, year 6 had a go at making different types of bridges: arch, beam and pillar. They worked together to make bridges that they thought would be strong enough for toy cars to get across. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Fruit Smoothies

In DT this half term we are going to be making fruit smoothies. Before we thought about making our own fruit smoothies, we did some product research and tasted some smoothies from the super market. We tried to guess what fruit we could taste in it and then we gave it a rating out of ten.


Curriculum - Design Technology - Feijoada Project

This week, year 3 and year 4 have been conducting market research for their feijoada project finding out what ingredients our classmates like and dislike. We will use this information to decide what ingredients to include when we make our own feijoada.


Curriculum - Design Technology - Bridges

Class 16 have started their DT topic on bridges this week, we drew and categorised bridges, looked at 4 different bridge types then tested the different forces that bridges use (tension and compression). 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Classroom Kitchen

Children in year 2 really enjoyed a visit from the 'Classroom Kitchen'. They learned about the different food groups and the importance of healthy eating. The children used the claw and bridge strategies for cutting different fruits to make a healthy yoghurt. They made yoghurt pots with grapes, banana, strawberries, blueberries, oats, yoghurt, honey and crushed ginger biscuits. They all tried them and most finished them off. They really enjoyed themselves and can now start helping at home. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Completed Light Boxes

Class 12 have worked hard over the past few weeks designing and making their light boxes. Well done.


Curriculum - Design Technology - Castles

Year 2 have been making castles in DT. They designed them, practised the skills they required before hand, like cutting and joining, before making their castles. They worked very hard and had lots of fun!


Curriculum - Design Technology - Moving Pictures (Class 4)

The children used the skills they learned in their design and technology lessons to make their own moving picture in order to retell part of a story.


Curriculum - Design Technology - Moving Toys (Class 14)


Curriculum - Design Technology - Moving Toys

Class 17 have worked really hard on their moving toys this half term. They have learnt how different shaped cams can change the movement of their toy. They planned and made their toys independently and showed great resilience and problem solving skills to iron out any small problems they had. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Cams, Cogs & Levers

Class 16 have been looking at cams, cogs and levers. With this knowledge, we built small rotating toys that showed the principles of them. When they were finished, year 2, class 5, came to play with them give a review.


Curriculum - Design Technology - Completed Cam Toys

Class 13 designed their own toys using cams and then the year 1 class came and tested the toys out.


Curriculum - Design Technology - Light Box Construction

Today in class 12 we have been cutting and sticking our frames for our light boxes.


Curriculum - Design Technology - Moving Flag

Class 16 had a go at creating a moving flag this week in DT, ready for next week, where they design their own moving toy.


Curriculum - Design Technology - Cam Toys - Class 17

Class 17 have been working hard at understanding how cams work. We built a basic toy together to test out our different cams and how they make the toy move.


Curriculum - Design Technology - Testing our Cam Toys

Children in class 13 have tested out their cam toys and evaluated the movements. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Cams

We have been investigating cams and seeing how they can move axels in different ways. Hopefully, we will be able to use this different movement when we design and build our own moving toys. Well done class 14. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Cam Toys

This week in design technology class 13 have made simple cam toys. The children loved experimenting with different shaped cams and seeing the effect on the follower. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Remembrance Day Biscuits

On Friday, we had a day dedicated to Remembrance Day. We discussed what it is and why we celebrate it and the importance of it too. The children enjoyed taking part in Poppy related activities, including making their own poppy biscuits.


Curriculum - Design Technology - Light Boxes

Years 3 and 4 have started their new DT topic. We are designing and making light boxes this half term. Today, we looked at some light boxes and created a circuit using a battery, bulb and wires. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Moving Pictures

Class 4 have been looking at moving pictures in DT today. We looked at the different types of mechanisms and then practised making our own moving picture using sliders.


Curriculum - Design Technology - Toys with Cams

Class 17 have started a new topic this half term. We will be making our own moving toy using cams to alter the movement. Today we played with some moving toys and tried problem solving why some wouldn’t work. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Construction Club

The children are continuing to enjoy construction club. There are some bigger builds that will take another couple of weeks to complete, but they are well on their way. The group of children doing the jigsaw have now completed it. They were very happy when the last piece was fitted.  


Curriculum - Design Technology - Special Places

Class 13 have been learning about the word special and what it means them. They then drew a picture of a place that was special to them. 


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