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Design Technology

'Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design'

Stephen Gardiner

At Snaresbrook Primary School, Design Technology is an integral part of the curriculum. We have designed a curriculum that allows children to be creative, inventive and to explore and create based on the world around them. Our teachers encourage children to learn in an iterative manner; constantly questioning, changing and refining their ideas on the route to their final product. Children are encouraged to take risks, knowing that products are not created perfectly on the first attempt. We give children opportunities to design, make and evaluate products with a purpose, for somebody in the community to use. The children will understand the need for a healthy diet and where produce comes from by planning and cooking both savoury and sweet dishes; linking to our school’s edible playground when possible. Throughout the school Design Technology (DT) is taught in a fun and engaging way, with strong links made to other subjects such as Science, Maths and Computing


how is design technology implemented?

Design Technology (DT) is a crucial part of school life and learning and it is for this reason that as a school we are dedicated to the teaching and delivery of a high-quality Design Technology curriculum. This is implemented through:

• A well thought-out, whole school, yearly overview of the DT curriculum which allows for progression across year groups in all areas of DT (textiles, mechanisms, structures, food and electrical systems)

• Well-planned and resourced projects, providing children with a hands-on and enriching experience

• A range of skills being taught, ensuring that children are aware of health and safety issues related to the tasks undertaken

• Each project from Year 1 to Year 6 addressing the principles of designing, making, and evaluating and incorporating relevant technical knowledge and understanding in relevant contexts.

As a school, we promote Design Technology through our edible playground and outdoor and woodland learning. The children learn about where our food comes from by growing a variety of fruit and vegetables, and make links to the importance of a balanced, healthy and varied diet and how to prepare the food they grow. 

snaresbrook design technology curriculum

At Snaresbrook Primary School we aim for all our pupils to be able to research, design, and develop skills to make products that are fit for purpose.  We aim for pupils to learn and apply skills across different areas of Design Technology including cooking, sewing and woodwork.  Our lessons are planned carefully and delivered to ensure that every child progresses across the individual year as well as across their primary school life. 


Places to visit to support Design Technology

There are lots of ways to support your child with Design Technology. One way is through junk modelling - it is amazing what children can turn a very simple cardboard box into.

There are also lots of museums or galleries to visit. Many are free- however, there may be a small fee for entry or specific exhibitions so please check first. 

Design Museum Home - Design Museum
Science Museum Home | Science Museum
Tate Modern Tate Modern | Tate
National Gallery The National Gallery, London


Our Design Technology Projects

Every year group does 3 projects across the year, where they design, make and evaluate a product. This involves sewing, joining, cooking and using a range of equipment e.g. junior hacksaws, needles, drills. 

Levers and Linkages

The staff took part in some DT training on using levers and linkages. They experimented with different combinations of levers and linkages to create different types of movement. We then let our creative sides shine By creating pictures to add our levers and linkages to bring a theme to life. The staff had great fun and produced some excellent examples that the children can use to support their own.

Year 4 LED Night Lights

Year 4 were lucky enough to take part in a DT workshop with Hepp DT. The focus of the workshop was for the children to create their own working night light. The children worked with both wood and acrylic plastic to create their night lights. It was an amazing and hands on workshops, with the children actively involved in every step of the process, from designing to making their finished product. The children were engaged from start to finish and loved creating their night lights. When testing their lights, they looked so effective and the children should be really proud of their final products.


DT Staff Training

All the teachers took part in a Design & Technology staff meeting where they used a range of tools and equipment to create a motorised buggy. 

It was very exciting, can you see all the different tools that they used? 

CAMS Staff meeting

During our staff meeting, staff were fortunate to undertake some training from Hepp DT. The focus of the sessions was on CAMs and how to create something using these mechanisms. The teachers got hands on to understand how these mechanisms work and to create their own product that featured a working CAM. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative session and it has developed staff confidence in teaching this particular type of mechanism.

Year 2 Bird Boxes

Year 2 had a very exciting day taking part in a Design & Technology day where they created their own animal habitats.

The children had already planned their animal habitats and then alongside HeppDT they used the different tools and equipment to make their habitats.

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