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Design and Technology

Design and technology is a subject much enjoyed at Queen Edith. The opportunity for children to use their imagination and creativity to produce items that fit a given brief or help solve a problem is enjoyed by every year group 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 Edith 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.

Y1Owl sock puppets. Moving toy mechanisms.Habitat boxes. Castle models.Making sandwiches. Making boats.
Y2 Making bread. Fairy tale room design in the style of Lauren Child.Making skeletons.Butterfly sewing. Making kites.
Y3 Greek temples. Cooking French food. Clay Greek pots.Pirate ship winding mechanisms. Stonehenge. Bird scarers for Year 3 garden.
Y4Savoury cooking. Winter soup.Burglar alarms. Roman mosaics.Paper mechanisms.
Y5Sewing, Hand warmers. Clay mummies. African Animal Masks. Baking biscuits and packaging.Longboat and Viking Helmet. Bottle rockets.
Y6Fairgrounds, motor mechanisms.Fairtrade Café, cooking and product design.Volcanoes, sewing .

For more information please click on the link to view our Design and Technology Policy on our Policies page.

Examples Of Learning

As part of their High Street topic, Year 2 visited Cherry Hinton High Street and popped into the baker’s shop. Did you know that our bread is baked at night while we are fast asleep? We also made our own bread and added a range of different ingredients. It tasted delicious! We wrote instruction so that others could also see how to make the perfect loaf.


Last year, Year 6 enjoyed a day of designing and baking Fairtrade products, and worked brilliantly in their groups to ensure that they tasted delicious and looked appetising. Each group had their own stall, which they decorated with posters and leaflets advertising their product. Parents were invited to our Fairtrade Café later in the day and their generous donations helped us to raise £71.65 for the Fairtrade Foundation charity. The children were really proud of this.


Year 1 worked really hard to build and decorate castles.


Year 1 made Owl sock puppets. The children carefully designed them and wrote a list of the materials they would need.


Y1 enjoyed designing and making moving toys.


Year 4 made burglar alarms.


Year 4 made Roman soup

On Year 4 Roman day, the children used an Ancient Roman recipe to make a vegetable and lentil soup. We practised chopping skills to prepare the vegetables for the soup and then enjoyed eating it in the afternoon.


Year 6 made carousels.