St Ann’s Design and Technology Curriculum Intent

At St Ann’s our intention is to provide a Design and Technology curriculum which allows all learners to use creativity, ambition and imagination to design and make products which solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. We want to inspire our children to consider their own and others’ needs, wants and values when designing products. They will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines across the curriculum such as maths, science, engineering, ICT and art.

As a healthy eating certified school, we feel it necessary that the children understand the principles of nutrition and have the basic skills of cooking. We want our children to learn to take risks whilst becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. At St Ann’s we want Design and Technology to become the foundation on which the children build their skills and critical thinking in order to create products which will benefit and enhance the world that God created. They will learn to evaluate past and present design and technology whilst developing a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world thus preparing them for future employment.


Throughout the curriculum children will be given opportunities to:

  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition whilst learning how to cook
  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently
  • Participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • Build and apply a range of knowledge, understanding and skill 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

We aim to raise the standards of pupils’ abilities through developing specific Design and Technology skills such as:

  • Writing and working to a design brief
  • Evaluation of theirs and others’ products
  • Generation, development and communication of ideas in a range of ways
  • Using a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks
  • Being able to select from a wide range of materials
  • Use technical language

We aim to increase the opportunities for the children to experience:

  • Learning about different products and how they are made
  • Learning how to design and make products
  • Researching using a variety of sources
  • Evaluating both theirs and others’ products
  • Using a range of tools for different purposes

Through Design and Technology, children will also develop personal qualities such as:

  • Responsibility and commitment
  • Teamwork and negotiation
  • Flexibility and perseverance
  • Resourcefulness and motivation
  • Persuasion and leadership



Design and Technology Curriculum Overview


Year 1


(Preparing fruit and vegetables)

Changes within living memory - Prepare some fruit for the coffee morning

Compare grandparents and parents food treats to now


(Sliders and levers)

Your Locality - Moving picture book of how Stretford has changed


(Freestanding structures)

Compare and contrast  - Build a free standing Sydney opera house (could be a flat image but stood up like a pop-up book)

Year 2


(Wheels and axles)

Events beyond living memory - Create a moving picture with wheels to show fireworks


(Preparing fruit and veg) Continents - Make some traditional food from one of the seven continents studied


(Templates and joining techniques)

Explorers - Design and make a pair of gloves for the explorer to wear in a cold country

Year 3


(Healthy and varied diet)  

Stone Age – Stone Age banquet 

Mechanical System

(Levers and linkages)

Rivers and Settlements - Build a canal lock


(2D shape to 3D shape)

Egyptians - Cartouche cushion

Year 4


(Healthy and varied diet)

Ancient Greece – Traditional Greek Food

Electrical system

(Simple circuit)

Volcanoes - Build a volcano. Create a fan using a gear which will blow tissue paper to make it look as if erupting


(Shell Structure)

Roman Empire - Building a Roman Aqueduct

Year 5

Mechanical Systems (Pulleys Gears or cams)

Earth and Space/Time zones - Model to show how earth rotates round the sun/sun going up and moon coming down


(Celebrating culture and seasonality)

Mayans - Design their own healthy chocolate bar – look at adding healthy food and reducing amount of chocolate

Make Guacamole and salsa

Electrical Systems (Switches and circuits) South America - Make a map of South America and have a circuit which lights up the capital cities


Year 6


(Celebrating culture and seasonality)

War - WW2 ration cakes


(Combining different fabric shapes)

Antarctica – Design and make a patchwork blanket for Shackleton using scraps of material



(Frame structures)

New York – Design and make a model New York sky scraper