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 2019-20

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Year 1  
  • Basic skills, cutting, joining,sticking
  • Cooking - vegetable dips, crudites, salads
  • Wind up 'Scuttlers' -insects
  •  Bread from around the World
  • Assembling 3D buildings from nets
  •  Picnic Food 
  • Sliding Pictures
Year 2
  • Baking Bread outdoors
  • Swings and See-saws
  • Moving vehicle
  •  Create rockets
  • Dips and Crudites
  •  Vegetable kebabs
  • Animation link with Computing
  • Felt Puppets
Year 3
  • Sculptures of Fossils
  • Models of Stonehenge
  • 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
  •  Clay Diva lamps
  •  Clay Viking boats
  • Roman Chariot (push along vehicle)
  • Cookery: smoked salmon blinis/sardine dip
  • Create musical instruments e.g. pan pipes
  • Cookery: Roman cooking-bread, dips, desserts
  • Outdoor cooking - vegetable kebabs using vegetables from the garden
Year 5
  • Working model of Solar System          
  • Cookery: apple pie/crumble
  • Classical greek Sculpture - human body in proportion
  • Study Modern British Sculpture - Henry Moore, Anish Kapoor,  Barbara Hepworth
  • Cookery:taste different cheeses
  • Cookery: a healthy potato salad
  • Woodwork - frames for portraits
Year 6
  •  Cookery: different pastries e.g. cheese straws, jam tarts
  • Create circuits
  • Create a moving car with motor and switch
  • Cookery: a dish of choice - plan, budget and buy
  • Islamic ceramics

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. 

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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 Visit Pizza Express.

The children visited the kitchens and were shown how to make a pizza by one of the chefs. They then had the opportunity to make their own individual pizza, selecting their own toppings. After cooking them in the large pizza ovens the children took them home for dinner!

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