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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 exploring the story ‘The Little Red Hen’. The children worked together to make bread just like the Little Red Hen, following instructions to mix all of the ingredients together before creating little rolls, which they thoroughly enjoyed eating once baked!

Year 1

We had to design a castle with a moving drawbridge for the Queen! To begin the unit, we planned our design and included the features of a castle, for example the battlements and the arrow slits. We then discussed how we could make a moving drawbridge by using a simple lever mechanism and then we made our castles using recyclable materials. Finally, we evaluated our castles and wrote about what we liked and what we could change next time.

This week, we have completed our first D&T unit. In D&T 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 can move. Finally, we evaluated our them and wrote about what we liked and what we could change next time. Well done Year 1!

Year 6

We created a spinning colour wheel to test the properties of colour and light.  We based our conclusions on Newton’s observations of prisms and the colour spectrum.