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Design and Technology Intent



I made 5,127 prototypes of my vacuum before I got it right. There were 5,126 failures. But I learned from each one. That’s how I came up with a solution. So I don’t mind failure.


James Dyson


DT should provide children with a real life context for learning, they should be inspired by engineers, designers, chefs and architects. At Colburn, children receive a design and technology curriculum which allows them to exercise their creativity through designing and making; they are taught to combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design, make and evaluate a product. Skills are taught progressively to ensure that all children are able to learn and practice in order to develop as they move through the school.  Evaluation is an integral part of the design process and allows children to adapt and improve their product, this is a key skill which they need throughout their life.  DT also allows children to apply the knowledge and skills learned in other subjects, particularly Maths, Science and Art.

Art and DT Long Term Planning 2021-2022


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6


Textiles - Sock puppets

Cut and join fabric

Structures - Moving Story

Levers and Sliders


Structures - Moving Monsters

Pneumatic Systems

Levers and Linkages

Textiles To create a Viking purse

Templates and Patterns

Structures - Musical Instruments

Joining Structures


Structures - Theme Park Ride, (working scale model)


Pulleys, Drive Belts including electrical circuits and Gears  (including motors that are linked to computer technology)


Structures - Moving Vehicles

Wheels and axles

Using frames for construction

Textiles - Create a Kite

Cut and join fabric

Using frames for construction


Textiles - Fabric Flower/plant with labels to teach yr 1 children to name parts of plant

Templates and Patterns

Structures - Light Up Signs

Construct a Frame from a Net

Simple Electrical Circuits and Switches (including those operated by a control box)

Food - Create a cake using Fairtrade ingredients

Changing and Altering

Textiles- Create a drawstring bag

Joining Textiles


Food - Teddy Bears’ Picnic- preparing sandwiches

Sensory Properties of Food


Food - Creating a new chocolate/sweet

Sensory Properties of Food

Food - Create a pizza that appeals to children

Preparation and Combination

Food - Flavours from around the World, create a dish inspired by the cuisine of another country for consideration on the school dinner menu.

Preparation and Combination

Textiles - Pencil Case

Joining Textiles

Food - Dinner party- Prepare a 3 course meal to be served up to invited guests

Changing and Altering

Remote Control Cars in Early Years

'Healthy Snacks' after school club

Year 3 Textile Project

Year 6 Sewing-using the machine independently, sewing straight lines and reverse stitching to finish!

Steam Co igniting creativity and inspiring our children to aim higher than higher!

Making Christmas Trees for the Catterick Christmas Festival 2021

Supertato! Foundation Stage 2 children have designed and made costumes for their own super vegetable