Design and Technology

5CH photos 005The teaching of Design and Technology (D&T) prepares children to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies by learning to think creatively. It requires children to become problem solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. Through the study of design and technology children combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues. This helps them to become informed consumers and potential innovators.

Design and Technology at Garfield is taught following the National Curriculum in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

During Key Stage 1 our children learn how to think imaginatively and talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making. They build on their early childhood experiences of investigating objects around them. Our children explore how familiar things work and talk about, draw and model their ideas. They learn how to design and make safely and start to use ICT as part of their designing and making.

During Key Stage 2 our children work on their own and as part of a team on a range of designing and making activities. They think about what products are used for and the needs of the people who use them. They plan what has to be done and identify what works well and what could be improved in their own and other people’s designs. They draw on knowledge and understanding from other areas of the curriculum and use computers in a range of ways.

Our planning covers four components:

  • Sheet Materials
  • Construction
  • Textiles
  • Food Technology

When working with different materials and components, children continually develop, plan, communicate and evaluate their ideas.


Year 1 – Hansel and Gretel 3D artwork

In year 1 the children collected materials during their class trip to Belmont farm. They then created a piece of 3D work based on the story of Hansel and Gretel, thinking about the setting of the forest. They created a beautiful display of their forest pictures.



Year 2 – Fairy tale puppets

In year 2 the children created shoebox theatres of their fairy tales using cardboard and paint. They also created string puppets using a range of materials. They were very proud of their wonderful puppets!


Year 3 – Awesome Egyptians jewellery

As part of the year 3 Egyptian day the children studied images of Egyptian jewellery. They looked at various images of examples of necklaces worn during the Egyptian era and created replicas using paper plates coated with gold paint. The children cut out coloured card in shapes to represent the jewels on their necklaces. They thought about symmetry when sticking down their shapes.


Year 4 – Celtic huts

For their half term homework in October the children were asked to create Celtic huts. They were provided with different images to study and were encouraged to research the layout of a Celtic hut. Some children also created the inside of their huts so that their models were interactive. Their teachers were very impressed with their hard work and attention to detail.


Year 4 – Roman villas

The children studied the layout of Roman villas during their Roman topic. They looked at the interior and exterior of the villas before drawing their plans for their own villas. The children then used the website “purple mash” to create a net of their villa and look at the dimensions and designs on a 3D model. Finally they collected a range of recyclable materials, including egg boxes and cardboard boxes, and worked together to create their models. They were introduced to new tools,  such as glue guns and craft knives, and shown how these tools can be used by designers to create a finished product.


Year 5 – Viking day 

One of the activities that they children participated in on their Viking day was weaving. The children were provided with a cardboard template and various coloured wool to create woolen patches, similar to those used to create clothes during the Viking period.

The children also created Viking jewellery inspired by images and stories from their Vicious Vikings topic. The children used a range of materials to create these pieces, including cardboard, tin foil and string. They also used sequins for decoration and thought of mythical creatures to carve into their work.

Finally the children created Viking helmets for their battle that concluded their topic day. They selected appropriate materials, such as foam and cardboard, and designed authentic helmets inspired by a range of images. They used tools such as glue guns and scissors to create their pieces and then evaluated their work at the end of the day, assessing the damage inflicted by the battle.


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