Design and Technology

Week 1

In DT this term, we have been focusing on Mechanisms as a whole school. Each class will be moving through the process of designing, making and evaluating a moving model. Your child will learn how to implement mechanical features such as sliders, levers, pulleys or CAMs. We are so excited to update you each week as we progress through this process and we hope you enjoy hearing all about our learning in DT this term.

KS1 - This week, we have been practising our joining skills. We used a variety of different joining methods to join two pieces of card together and evaluated the effectiveness of the joins. The skill of joining will help us with our model later in the process.

LKS2  - Year 3 and 4 have been working hard on developing their design brief this week. This part of the process is really important as it highlights why we are making the product. See if your child can remember their design brief.

UKS2  - Years 5 and 6 have also been working on joining methods but they have been using some technical vocabulary and evaluating the joining method that is most appropriate for different materials.

We hope you can continue to join us on our journey as we create some fantastic products in DT this term.

Week 2

We have had another fantastic week of DT in school. We have really started to develop our skills in mechanisms and we have started to think of ways we can implement a mechanism into our product through our designs.


Key Stage One have been working on folding and joining skills this week. They made a small pop up prototype using folds such as a hill folds and valley folds. The children will now be able to apply these skills to their final product.


In Year 3 and Year 4 the children have started to apply their design brief by designing a pop up book. There are some fantastic rainforest designs which link to their overarching Geography topic of "The Rainforest".


Year 5 & 6 have practised making prototype CAMS this week. They have evaluated their CAMs and started to think about which CAM would be the best one to use in their final product.

Week 3

It has been a busy week this week for DT with plenty of practical hands on learning as we continue to practise the skills needed to produce our models. KS1 have even started to design their final product.

KS1-This week, KS1 have started to design their models using pictures and images to convey how they want their final product to look. They began their session with some outdoor learning freeze frames which they recreated from famous pictures and paintings of The Great Fire of London. The children used these freeze frames as a stimulus to design their pop up scene of The Great Fire of London.

LKS2-Years 3 and 4 have created some prototypes for their pop up books this week. They practised making different levers and pivots. Some children have even managed to add further detail to their levers and pivots and they have turned them into animals such as crocodiles.

UKS2-Years 5 and 6 have used their prototype CAMs from last week to begin developing their designs of their final product. They have designed their own moving animal toy and will begin to make it next week.

What a fantastic week in DT! I think you will agree that the children's knowledge of mechanisms is really developing.

Week 4

This week has been an exciting week for DT. The children have developed their design and have started the process of making a fully functioning mechanical toy or pop up scene.

KS1 - In Years 1 and 2 this week, the children have started building the structure of a Tudor house. This is the type of house that was prominent during 1666 when the Great Fire of London happened. They will start to add the sliding mechanism next week, this is when the magic will happen!

LKS2 - In years 3 and 4, the children have started creating the animals for their pop up books. They have used different sliders and pivots and decorated the pivots with animals to help their design come to life.

UKS2 - In years 5 and 6, the children have started to make the structure to hold their CAM as well as experimenting to find the most effective CAM for the animal they will use. Next week they will add the CAM into the structure and add the model animal to make it a fully functioning animal toy. How exciting!

Week 5


This week has been a busy week in DT this week with many children having the opportunity to do lots of practical and hands on learning as they complete their models.

KS1 – In Year 1 and 2 the children have developed the initial structure of their house, cutting flaps at the bottom to create a concertina fold and cutting their windows out ready for a slider to be inserted next week.

LKS2 - Year 3 and 4 have started to insert sliders and levers into a book format and have created some fantastic pop up books. They will add the finishing touches such as facts and information next week.

UKS2 - Year 5 and 6 have completed their models this week. Don't they look fantastic? The children will add some extra details next week to make the models look attractive to their audience and they will evaluate their final product.

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