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Design and Technology

Curriculum Intent


At Ingram Road Primary School, we believe Design and Technology should provide children with a real life context for learning. Design and Technology is an inspiring and practical subject which allows children to explore the world around them. Through our delivery of the National Curriculum, we encourage children to use their creativity and imagination. To design and make and evaluate products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Using this approach, also ensures that all learners are able to participate in our broad and balanced curriculum, which we have developed to enable all children to thrive. At Ingram Road we use the Projects on a Page scheme of work to support the teaching of our curriculum. Design and Technology is a very real subject so we feel it is very important for children to evaluate existing products and learn about different designers, creators and chefs at the beginning of the design process. This then develops children’s awareness of the world around them, supporting them in becoming the next generation of innovators and risk-takers.    

Intent, Implement, Impact

DT National Curriculum


This is the vocabulary we are learning to use in Autumn Term. 


Nutrients - All the things in food that the body needs to remain healthy. 

Sensory Evaluation - Subjective testing of foods where senses are used to evaluate qualities such as appearance, small, taste and texture. 

Structure - refers to the relations of parts. 

3D - three-dimensional as in model. 

Material - what things are made from. 

Shell-structure - A shell is a type of structural element which is categorized by its geometry, being a 3D solid whose thickness is very small. 

Framework - used to explain information and ideas. 

Mock up - quick 3D modelling using easy to work cheaper materials and temporary joints. Useful for checking proportions and scale. 

Seam allowance - extra fabric allowed for joining together. 

Specification - describes what a product has to do.

Working drawing - detailed drawing containing all the information needed to make a product but one that is updated as changes are made. 

This is the vocabulary we are learning to use during Spring term. 


Evaluate - To look at the work you have completed and decide what has gone well and how it can be improved. 

Design - A plan, normally a drawing, to decide what you are going to do. 

Sew - To join, fasten or repair by making stitches with a needle and thread. 

Embroider - To decorate cloth by sewing patterns on cloth. 

Seam - A line along which two pieces of fabric are sewn together. 

Quilt - Join together layers of fabric or padding with lines of stitching. 


Mechanism - a system of parts working together. Summer term focus!


This is the vocabulary we are learning to use during Summer Term:


LeverA simple tool that uses an effort and a pivot to lift or move objects

Slider -  a person or thing that slides.

Textileany fibre or yarn that can be made into a cloth.

Rotary motion – movement that goes round

Cam – a mechanism that changes one sort of movement to another. Cams can be an off – centre of a specifically shaped wheel

Follower – the device that follows the movement of the cam

Lever – a piece of rigid material that moves to and fro around a pivot

Slider – a piece of rigid material that moves backwards and forwards in a straight line creating reciprocating motion

Reciprocating motion – backwards or forwards movement in a straight line.

Output device – components that produce an outcome, e.g. bulbs, motors and buzzers

Input device – components that are used to control an electrical circuit, e.g. switches


Useful Websites you might like to take a look at! 

On this website you are able to take a look at different designers and see what they designed.

This is a good website which looks at healthy eating and making good choices when you are cooking. There are also some lovely recipes you might like to make at home! At the top of the page, you can select your age group to learn lots about being healthy. 


What we have been learning during Autumn term:

KS1 have been busy this term making banana muffins. Every child had the opportunity to weigh, whisk, stir, chop and mix the different ingredients to create the muffins. When the muffins were ready children were then able to undertake the sensory evaluation to explain what they thought they looked like, smelt like, felt like and then maybe most importantly, what they tasted like. Adam in Cedar Class thought, "They smell really nice and looked good to eat." 

You can find the recipe using the following link if you would like to make banana muffins at home.


UKS2 have been busy making their own viking money bags. With this specification in mind, the children had to consider which materials they might like to use to create their bag. One lesson also involved the children learning how to thread their needle and carry out a running stitch to help them create their money bag.

Design Technology Christmas Home Learning

During the Christmas holidays all children had the opportunity to take part in a design challenge. We had been given the design brief, 'Design a meal that you would like for a celebration.' Lots of children brought back their designs and they were judged by Miss Jeffery. The winning entries can be seen in the photos above! Congratulations to everyone who took part. 



What we have been learning about during Spring Term:

We have had a busy term with lots of Design and Technology projects going on across school. 

In EYFS the children are always given a range of resources to support them when creating and designing. The pictures show a child in Reception with a design in mind to create a bed for her baby. She knows to make it small and cuts the pieces of cardboard down. She then considers if glue or sellotape would be best to use to fix it together. What a great example of the design process. 

In KS1 the children have been learning how to sew a running stitch and then apply this knowledge to create a puppet of a significant individual. This links in with other project sessions and gave the children a context for what they are making. 

In LKS2 the children have made their own moving posters. These were created in mind to explain to others what it was like in the countryside before and after the Industrial Revolution. When talking to the children, they are able to use the language they have learnt such as mechanisms and able to explain how they work. 

Year 3/4 moving posters.

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Wow! What an amazing moving poster created by a child in Elm class.

Design Technology Easter Challenge Winners!!

Many congratulations to all children who took part in the Design Technology Easter Challenge. I had so many entries to have a look through and I needed help from other teachers at school to be able to make a final decision on the winners. Our design brief was to design a toy that you would be able to give to one of your friends. Some of the entries included toys like Polly Pockets, teddy bears, a ball puzzle game just to name a few. Even though I have chosen some winners, I would like to say a big thank you to all the children who entered the competition, it is fantastic to have so many designers at our school!