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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 working hard in D&T this term. As part of their theme based on the book ‘Lost and Found’, the children were given a picture of a finished penguin as well as the steps that they could take to decorate them. The children then had the choice between following the design or making their own penguin. They were provided with a range of tools and materials to do this. The finished penguins looked fantastic. Well done everyone!

Year 2

Year 2 had the challenging task of designing and making a healthy sandwich using the ‘Eat Well Plate’ for ideas. After making their sandwiches, the children created packaging as part of their marketing. Finally the children evaluated their sandwiches and suggested amendments should they make them again.

Year 4

Year four have been busy in D&T. They had a fantastic time creating pop-up books with a variety of folds, slides and openings which helped them to illustrate one of their own pieces of writing.