Design Technology

Aims of the D.T curriculum

Design and technology is an inspiring and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ 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 become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and wellbeing of the nation.

How is D.T taught at Lakeside?

At Lakeside we have developed our D.T curriculum to ensure their learning builds upon the knowledge they learnt in previous year groups and topics. We adopt a topic based approach to out curriculum. The children will take part in 3 D.T projects over each phase Year 1/2, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6. These link to the topics that they are studying. There will not be D.T learning in every topic but full coverage of the D.T National Curriculum is achieved over the course of the year and the children's journey through school.

What D.T Knowledge is taught at Lakeside? 

Each year the key D.T knowledge builds on learning from the previous years and adapted where needed to fill in gaps where D.T has been affected due to Covid.

The long term overview to show which knowledge is taught in each year group can be found in the documents below - Year1/2 are currently working on the rolling programme cycle B starting with Wiggle and Crawl.

How do I find out more information the D.T Curriculum?

If you have any questions about this area of the curriculum please speak to your child's class teacher initially or to Mrs Duckitt (who can be contacted through the school office) if you have any further questions . 


Year 1/2 JD      Year 1/2RB      Year 2 RP

Autum 2

We made Christmas cards which included the use of a lever or a slider. The children experimented with different levers and sliders first and decided which they wanted to use within their design. Then they designed their Christmas card thinking carefully about how they wanted it to look and where the lever or slider would be positioned. Within the next lesson the chidlren then made the card. Finishing off with an evaulation of their work. See the work below.


Spring 1 

During our English - we focused on the story of the Gingerbread Man - we thought that it would be nice for the children to taste the gingerbread as many said that they hadn't tasted it before. Therefore as an addional lesson for making Gingerbread Men. The children really enjoyed adding the facial features onto their Gingerbread Man. 


Summer 1 and 2 

During this term Year 1 will be using their knowledge of textiles to create a Coastline. They will be making a template,using joining techniques such as stapling, glueing, pinning and overstitch. Use finishing techniquest such as adding sequins and using fabric crayons and paint. 


Year 3/4   AA - JV and KM - AW   


Packaging: Develop the use knolwedge of how to construct strong, stiff shell structures. Use knowledge of nets of cubes and cuboids and where appropriate more complex 3D shapes. 

For each of the strands of D.T the chidlren have a knowledge organiser which outlines key vocabulary that the children may need to use throughout the project, it also explains what key skills they may need and also gives a brief outline of the design brief itself.

Year 3 and 4 made some fantasic packaging and did some amazing lead-up work and after evaluations. Take a look at some of the fab pictures below.

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Year 5  NS - MC 


Creating sewing templates from a combination of accurately made pattern pieces. Explore fastenings such as zip, velcro, toggles, toes, clasps or press studs. Using stitches to decorate such as stem, satin, chain and lazy daisy stic













Year 6 NW - RC 

Understand the importance of food, hygiene, nutrition, healthy eating and a varied diet. Use a range of techniques to measure, prepare and combine ingredients. Write a step-bystep recipe. They used a range of different healthy ingredients to make their own wraps and talked to their partner about what they were adding, they used folding techniques, wrapping and cutting to present their wrap in a certain way. 

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In the forest...

During forest school sessions, the children work with Mrs Embleton and Mrs Wragg to create many diffrerent creations linked to their Topic such as Cinerella's carridge, swings, musical instruments and many more. They even use their own bodies to create a flower, they use natural materials and sometimes use clay.

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Throughout the year we will look forward to seeing some more amazing work in D.T - exploring,designing, creating and evaluating as we go along.




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