Design & Technology

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Curriculum Design

at Didsbury CE Primary School

Children have visits from local STEM ambassadors, usually linked to Manchester Univeristy, who help instil in them the understanding that technologists and engineers can be any age, culture, and even from their local area. STEM ambassadors have also been on the panel of judges to listen to the presentations of the Year 6 groups competing in our Young Enterprise week. We have also visited The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) where the children have an opportunity to see and hear some of the machinery that helped forge modern Britain.

A broad and balanced curriculum

At Didsbury CE children study DT once every term, this mainly consists of a full practical day as well as a number of lessons in the build-up to this day as well as sessions afterwards when the children evaluate what they have produced.   Broadly speaking, the six main strands in this subject are: STRUCTURES, ELECTRICALS AND ELECTRONICS, MECHANICS, TEXTILES, COOKING and NUTRITION and MATERIALS. Each of these strands has a theme or question to be explored and investigate. It can be a wonderful 'tool' for weaving subjects together and bringing learning alive!

In DT we ensure all children have access to have hands on experimental experience where they are allowed to ‘get things wrong’, developing resilience and learning from these mistakes. We have always been committed to providing a broad and balanced curriculum that is not narrowed in end of key stage years.  We passionately believe that the DT curriculum builds upon the skills and knowledge of the core subjects.  For example, the DT curriculum gives opportunity for high level enquiry work, building upon what children have learnt in Science.

How learning is sequenced

Pupils 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 and innovative. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life in the wider world.

Didsbury CE’s curriculum has been designed to provide the full breadth of the national curriculum whilst allowing sufficient time to revisit these areas in depth. Structures, electronics, mechanisms, cooking and nutrition and textiles are all revisited in different year groups and the knowledge and skills that children acquire in these units are routinely consolidated and built on. Our DT curriculum is as follows: 

Magenta - Structures
Blue - Electronics
Orange - Mechanisms
Green - Cooking & Nutrition
Yellow - Textiles

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Nursery Tasting and choosing
Bread, cookies and
fruit salad
Road/ track building
from lego and other
Making simple shakers Road/ track building
from lego and other
Continuous provision
animal houses
Using tools

Selecting materials for
making talk and discuss the design
Making a body using
different joins
pipe cleaners, split pins, treasury tags etc
Designing and making a chocolate Easter basket Building and designing a castle using different
resources with a moving part
Selecting a range of resources for building, including - junk, blocks, construction and large construction
Year 1 Moving parts Birthday card Sewing a cushion for a doll Fruit salad
Year 2 Making a glove puppet - sticking Making a healthy sandwich Design and construct a playground toy
Year 3 Healthy Pizza - Science -Healthy Me Egyptian boat- History - Egyptians Moving creature mechanisms
Year 4   Shelters - Geography   Making bread   Light- up signs
Science - Electricity
Year 5 Moving toys
  Fish Cakes
Geography - Rivers
and Mountains
  Bridge building African School bag
Year 6 Wartime
food/nutrition -
History - WW2
Alarms / loop games
Science - Electricity
Young Enterprise week   Memory pillow case,
focusing on the
Anzac biscuits
Geography - Australia
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