Design and Technology

Food Technology: Cooking and Nutrition

Cooking is a key element of our curriculum. It is becoming increasingly important that children know the value of a healthy diet, and how to prepare fresh, healthy meals for themselves.  Each year group provides children with several food-related activities in , with the emphasis on children trying new foods and flavours where possible.

Textiles and Product Design

Design and Technology is taught through our creative curriculum. All design and technology tasks involve pupils designing and making a product for a particular person with a specific purpose in mind. Pupils are taught specific skills including cutting, shaping, joining and finishing techniques which they are then able to apply to complete their tasks. They are given the opportunity to develop their technical knowledge and are able to independently select and use a wide variety of materials and components. Pupils are given time to develop their ideas, plan, make, evaluate and refine their own products. Most topics have a D&T element and pupils are able to build and develop their skills  throughout school life.


D&T News:

  • Start of our the Y5 Fantastic Voyage
    Y5H Denmark and Y5P Germany have had a brilliant start to the 2023-24 academic year. Our first learning journey I called Fantastic Voyage and this is an accurate description of the children’s adventure in year 5 so far. As part of their Learning journey we have:
  • Y4 End of Year D&T and Outdoor Learning
    To finish off an amazing year in Y4, we managed to squeeze in some activities that we had wanted to do in earlier learning journeys but didn’t manage to fit in. The first was thinking back to our ‘Legendary Legionary’ learning journey, then studying how the Romans developed the use of arches to create stable structures and bridges. We then … Read more
  • Y5 Veg Patch – Harvest Time
    Y5 have been harvesting their produce and using it to create a tasty end of term meal. The children harvested, cleaned, peeled and chopped the variety of vegetables and herbs that we have grown this year and used these to cook a tasty meal of roast veg, couscous, salad leaves and feta cheese. The whole year group enjoyed the delicious … Read more
  • Y2 Old Hay Brook
    In our outdoor learning, the children used junior-hacksaws and square lashing knots to create rafts. We then used our science learning of floating and sinking to test if they would float on the brook. The children all had a wonderful time (although some rafts were damaged in the process!). Thanks to the parents who were able to help on what … Read more
  • Y5 Veg Patch Project
    Over the past few months, the Y5s have been undertaking the ambitious and challenging task of constructing vegetable beds in order to grow their own produce. We’ve been learning about “farm to fork” and how the fresh produce in our supermarkets is grown. This builds on the children’s Y3 Science learning on plant growth and will enrich and broaden their … Read more
  • Y5 Castleton Visit
    Y5 had a great trip out to Castleton last week. The children visited Peveril Castle and learnt about the history of the castle and how it was built in the wake of the Norman Conquest (when William the Conqueror came to the throne). The children were able to link this with their learning in relation to 1066 and William’s efforts … Read more
  • Y4 Legendary Legionary Day
    To support our learning in history, design and technology, art and design, PE and outdoor learning, Y4 spent the day imagining and experiencing life as Roman legionaries. They set up camp using our outdoor learning tarps, then created shield designs using classical ideas to represent the type of soldier they were. Next came military practice – marching and shield formations, … Read more
  • Y4 Roman Road Making
    To support our understanding of Roman technologies, Y4 spent an afternoon learning about how the Romans built layers up to create their famous road system. We found out about the different materials used, then went outside and had a go a creating mini ones of our own.
  • Ancient Egypt Scale model
    To kick off our Leaning Journey, Year 3 worked together to make a scale model of Ancient Egypt. It included: The River Nile Delta Fertile land Red Sea Mediterranean Sea Eastern and Western Deserts So many monuments! It was super lesson using history, geography, art and design skills as well as working together using the TASC system.
  • Y4 Flying Cars
    As part of our “Y4 Go Wild!” learning journey, Y4 were inspired by the idea of creating ‘flying cars’, like in this picture. In science, we found out how to create electrical circuits, and how to represent these circuits on paper using the correct symbols. We did this using battery packs, crocodile clips and lightbulbs, buzzers and switches. Then we … Read more
  • FS2 Elder Bead Caterpillars
    The children demonstrated such resilience this week as we learnt how to use a new tool – the hack saw. After listening to the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, we decided to make our own caterpillars using sticks of Elder. The children learnt how to saw the wood into small pieces and then remove the soft pith using a … Read more
  • FS2 Pancake Making MS JHG
    We had lots of fun on Tuesday making pancakes. We measured, mixed and stirred our dry ingredients first. Then we mixed our wet ingredients together and, when we were all ready, mixed them together carefully. Then our batter was smooth and ready for us to cook in the pan. Because we added baking powder it started to bubble. We let … Read more
  • FS2 Bear Hunt Den Building
    In outdoor learning this week, the children recalled the story of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. They told it with such confidence and enjoyment! Next we went on a teddy bear hunt, but there was a problem…the bears needed dens! So off we went with our loppers to chop some branches down to layer up over our stick tripods. … Read more
  • Y4 Design & Technology – Chiton Making
    To support our understanding of the Ancient Greek world, we learned about why loose-fitting garments like ‘chitons’ would be comfortable in the Greek climate. To create our own chiton (for a teddy), we used some scraps of material to practice running stitch, which we had learned in Y3. We then learned how to do backstitch, and realised this was useful … Read more
  • Y6 – D.T – Testing the strength of different shapes
    In D.T this half term, Year 6 pupils will be constructing a prototype mountain shelter which must be able to resist strong compression forces applied from above (simulating heavy snowfall or an avalanche). To inform the design process, pupils experimented with different shapes, constructing these out of paper and then considering ways to reinforce each shape.
  • FS2 The Tomten and the Fox
    In outdoor learning this week, the children listened to the story of the Tomten and the Fox – a Scandinavian tale of a hungry fox in search of food in winter. Luckily for him, a kind Tomten (Scandinavian troll) who guards the farm at night was on watch and shared his bowl of warm porridge with him. He agreed to … Read more
  • Y4 Bread Baking
    To finish our ‘Food for Thought’ learning journey, Y4 baked bread! We thought about some of the changes of state taking place in the process – including the reaction of yeast, the mixing of water and flour, and how butter can be made from shaking whipping cream (for a long time). Viki Garbett from twiddlefood kindly came in to demonstrate … Read more
  • FS2 The Giving Tree
    This term we are celebrating kindness – one of our core values. We listened to a magical story where a tree gives its fruit, branches, trunk and eventually stump to one little boy throughout his life with nothing in return. It prompted a P4C discussion about what kindness is and got children thinking about how we show kindness towards others. … Read more
  • Y1 Rockets to Fly us to the Moon!
    The children had a great morning, designing and creating their own rockets to kick start our space topic “Fly me to the Moon” and our English learning about Katherine Johnson.
  • Y3 Design and Technology – Christmas Decorations
    This half term we have been busy improving our sewing skills. We have been learning how to do running and blanket stitch. Then using these skills to create our polar animal decorations ready for hanging up at home! Have a look at what we’ve produced…