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Design and Technology

Design and technology is a subject much enjoyed at Queen Emma. The opportunity to use their imagination and creativity to produce items that fit a given brief or help solve a problem are enjoyed by children 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 Emma 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.

Y1Making a moving toy. Space portholes. Paper Mache Planets.Castles models. Clay castles. Under the sea moving scenes.Wildlife scene in a box. Preparing food for a healthy picnic.
Y2Healthy sandwiches. Fairy-tale roomsBaking breadJoining different materials (sewing)
Y3Baking fossil shaped biscuits. Making paisley jewellery made from clayGreek temples using cardboard & Greek pots from clay Cooking French foodWinding mechanism and pirate ships
Y4Paper MechanismsBurglar AlarmsTextiles (making bookmarks). Savoury food
Y5Hand warmer. Mini-bakery, baking bread. Designing packagingMasks African masks. Death masks
Y6Fairgrounds (Motor Mechanisms)Fairtrade Café (Cooking/ product design)

For more information please click on the link to view our Design and Technology Policy on our Policies page.

Examples of Learning


Reception have been demonstrating a range of skills in DT this term. The children have created different models out of recycled materials. These included the Eiffel Tower, a phone and a bag! Well done Reception.

Year 1

Y1 completed their first DT unit. We had to design a moving vehicle to help Traction Man escape from the shark scissors! We discussed which recycled materials we could use to make our cars and we planned our design. Next we made our cars and attached wheels to an axle so that our cars could move. Finally, we evaluated our work; we wrote about what we liked and what we could improve. Well done Year One!

Year 2

Year 2 used their design and technology skills on their ‘Up, up and away day’. First, they met the Wright Brothers Wilbur and Orville who had arrived specially to help out. They looked at how aeroplanes worked and then made a prototype to test outside .The children then used this knowledge to design an aeroplane that would fly at least 1 metre. The children used their designs to make an aeroplane which they then tested in the hall measuring the flight. To end the day, they evaluated their designs. It was an amazing day.

Year 6

Year 6 engaged in some food technology by baking fairy cakes. Small groups allowed each student to participate fully, and support each other with the processes. The reflection highlighted this point, as many of the students stated that “working as a team” was something that was practised. They recognised problems, such as “egg shells in the batter” to “lumpy mixture,” but all seemed enthusiastic, and look forward to trying their treats!
The pictures were also taken by students with a keen eye. Great effort all around!