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Design and Technology (D&T)

"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 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 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 impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation."  National Curriculum Design & Technology Programme of Study, 2014.


At Dersingham we encourage children to use their imaginations to design and make innovative creations.  We link the subject of D&T to other areas of the curriculum where possible.  We encourage the children to be critical and analytical when it comes to design.  They evaluate existing products, as well as their own for usefulness and effectiveness.  We use ICT where possible to enhance their learning, whether through Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs or our 3d printer.  

Year Group

Autumn Term 

Spring Term

Summer Term


Main Topic: Green Fingers/Celebrations

Children create pop up cards, linking to their ‘Celebrations’ topic.  They construct mechanical elements.

Main Topic: Toys/Great Britain

The children design and create sock puppets during their textiles unit this term – related to their main topic ‘Toys’.

Main Topic: Africa

Children design and construct safari vehicles, linked to their Geography unit on Africa.


Main Topic: Buildings

Children experiment with a range of materials, as part of their Science unit.  They design and construct their own houses, linked to their main topic ‘Buildings’ – choosing and using appropriate materials.



Main Topic: I'm Alive

Children design and create soft items as part of their textiles unit this term.  The children will research, design and create for an intended purpose.

Main Topic: Caribbean

Children will use their knowledge of the Caribbean to create a food snack from the region.  Children will plan and prepare the dish/snack.


Main Topic: Chocolate

Children create their own chocolates, including the packaging and marketing.  They research and evaluate existing products, then design and create for an intended audience and purpose.

Main Topic: Treasure

Children will create purses as part of their textiles unit this term.  The children will learn sewing skills.

Main Topic: Anglo-Saxons

As part of their Science topic of Healthy Eating, children plan and prepare a healthy fruit-based snack.


Main Topic: Pre=Roman Footprints in the Past

Children create a moving monster toy, using a pneumatic system.  Children will design and construct using a range of materials.

Main Topic: Bright Sparks

As part of their Science topic on ‘Electricity’, children embed electrical circuits into a house design.

Main Topic: Chinese Tapestry

Children design and construct books with moving parts.  They plan the materials they will use and experiment with a variety of techniques for creating pop-ups and moving parts.


Main Topic: Space Explorers

Children design and create a moving Space Buggy.  They evaluate materials used in existing models.  They critically analyse their own and others’ models and discuss their effectiveness.

Main Topic: Health & Fitness

Children create mosaics using ceramic tiles, linked to RE unit on Islam.  The children evaluate existing patterns as well as experiment with patterns of their own.

Main Topic: Making New Materials

Children look at the history of pottery, with a focus on materials used throughout the ages.  They design and construct their own clay pots, with an intended use in mind.


Main Topic: Inventors

Children study ‘Electricity’ in Science and combine their knowledge of Electronics to a fairground game.

Main Topic: Crime and Punishment

Children focus on food technology  this term, including bread making.  They experiment with different ingredients and styles of bread.

Main Topic: Let's Design

As part of their main topic ‘Let’s Design’, the children plan and create clothing for costumes.  They evaluate existing articles and clothing and justify their design choices accordingly.


If you have any questions regarding Design & Technology (D&T) at Dersingham, please contact the School Office and ask to make an appointment with the D&T Co-Ordinator.  This is currently Miss Dean.