Design Technology

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At Argyle, Design Technology is a subject that is practical and provides opportunities for all children to design and make good quality products for a specific purpose. It encourages children to become independent and creative problem solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. They develop technical understanding and making skills, learn about design methods and investigate their environment and the materials around them.

At Argyle our curriculum for Design Technology is planned to ensure that skills are built on across each Key Stage. Activities are designed to be engaging and link to Humanities and Science topics and to prepare children to take part in the development of tomorrow's rapidly changing world.

Our Curriculum Overview 2021- 22

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Year 1  
  • Basic skills, cutting, joining,sticking - design a crown, coat of arms
  • Mechanism: Wheels and axles - moving vehicle
  • Cookiery: vegetable dips, crudites, salads
  • Strucures: assembling 3Dnets e.g. to make Easter Baskets
  • Cookery: Make coleslaw using winter vegetables 
  • Tasting dishes from around the U.K. e.g. scones, shortbread, welsh cakes
  • Mechanism: Wind-up scuttlers
  • Cookery: Picnic food
Year 2
  • Mechanism - sliding picture linked to Great Fire of London
  • Structures: 3D models of Tudor buildings
  • Cookery: Flat bread outdoors over open fire 
  • Structure: Swing and see-saw
  • Cookery: Royal rice
  • Textiles: Felt puppets
  • Cookery:  vegetable muffins
Year 3
  • Sculptures of Fossils
  • Models of Stonehenge
  • DT andComputing WEDO workshop
  • Cookery: Stone Age soup - outdoor cooking
  • Pneumatic dragons heads
  • Cookery: pasta and pesto
  • Create a magnetic toy
  • Cookery: Egyptian dish - couscous with dates
Year 4
  • Structure: Clay models of rivers - source to sea
  • Roman Mosaic
  • Cookery:Roman cooking - bread, dips, desserts

  • Structure: Viking boats using clay, textiles:sewing
  • Woodwork and Structures: Building Bridges using lollipop sticks
  • Cookery: Oatcakes with homemade butter or cheese
  • CAM Mechanism: Vehicle using moving parts
  • Summer STEAM Project
  • Cookery: vegetable kebabs using vegetables from the garden cooked outdoors
Year 5
  • Classical Greek sculpture in proportion followed by a comparative study of Henry Moore and Anthony Gormley   
  • Cookery:spanakopita 
  • Mechanism: Pulleys and Gears Make an orrery
  • Cookery: apple pie/crumble
  • Woodwork frames for portraits
  • Cookery: taste different cheeses
  • Potato dishes e.g. Spanish Omelette
Year 6
  •  Textiles; Sewing a fossil design
  • Cookery: Cook a Middle Eastern dish - Aubergine and pomegranate with a soft cheese starter
  • Lino prints (link to Science)
  • Cookery: Vegetable quiche
  • Summer STEAM Project
  • Electric Mechanism: create a fan moving vehicle
  • Cookery: sushi  - link with Maths - plan, budget, purchase

Take a look at some of our Design Technology workshops.

YEAR 1 made 'Wind Up Scuttlers. These are insects made from card and wheels that are wound up and the insect 'scuttles' forward.

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 Year 2 made swings and see-saws using straws and pipe cleaners. 


Year 4 created a Roman Chariot complete with two horses and a charioteer.

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 YEAR 5 made  Orreries . These are simple working models that show the relative motion of the Earth and Moon around the Sun.


YEAR 6 created Electric Fan Buggies with a battery, motor and switch.

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All children have the opportunity to cook across the year both indoors and outside. It is an important part of them learning how to have a healthy lifestyle.

YEAR 1 Made Coleslaw

The children learnt to peel, slice, grate and mix a variety of vegetables to make coleslaw.

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