Design and Technology
Hello, I am Mrs Yates and I am the Design & Technology coordinator at Moston Lane Community Primary School. What I enjoy most about teaching Design & Technology is seeing the children’s amazing ideas and inventions come to life. I think it’s a great way for the children to be inventive and learn new skills when making their designs.
At Moston Lane Primary School, Design and Technology gives our children the skills and abilities to engage positively with the ‘designed and made’ world in which they live, whilst also enabling them to understand the benefits of technology. Our children are given a wide range of opportunities to be logical thinkers, to be creative and practical. We encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own needs, wants and values, as well as those of others.
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making.
When designing and making, the children are taught to: design, make, evaluate and use technical knowledge. Key skills and key knowledge for D&T have been mapped out across the school to ensure progression between year groups. This also ensures that there is a context for the children’s work in Design and Technology; learning about real life structures and the purpose of specific examples, as well as developing their skills throughout the curriculum.
Key skills and key knowledge for D&T have been mapped out across the school to ensure progression between year groups. This also ensures that there is a context for the children’s work in Design and Technology; learning about real life structures and the purpose of specific examples, as well as developing their skills throughout the curriculum.
We ensure the children: develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world; build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users and critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others; understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
Children design and make a range of products. A good quality finish will be expected in all design and activities made appropriate to the age and ability of the child.
Children learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education make an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
Please follow the link to view the D.T. policy:
Below is the ‘Curriculum Map’ and 'Progression of Skills & Knowledge, which outlines the activities and skills that will be taught throughout the year:
Please follow the links to find out more about the expectations for your child:
Please find below the 'Knowledge Organisers' for your child's year group and topic below. They contain key words and information that the children will be learning throughout their topic this half term:
DT Around Our School
Our Design and Technology displays at Moston Lane are always very creative. Take a look!
Design & Technology Club 2021
In our Design and Technology Club, we enjoyed making origami owls and designed and made a decoration using our sewing skills.. We developed and used our sewing skills to join the material together. What do you think?
Primary Engineers Competition 2022
This year our children have once again entered into The Primary Engineer Competition. The children had to think of an interesting invention to answer the question…If you were an Engineer, what would you do?
We have sent off an amazing 83 entries! Each entry will receive a certificate and be in with the chance of winning a trophy in their age category.
Here are some fantastic inventions – which would you build if you were an Engineer?
Year 2 - Moving Vehicles
For their Spring 2 topic, our Year 2 classes designed, constructed and then evaluated their moving vehicles. We used a variety of vehicles as inspiration and discussed what we could use to make the wheels turn. We had so much fun creating our very own moving vehicles using lots of different materials! Have a look at how they turned out below!
Nursery - Musical Instruments
This week our topic has been ‘Making Music’. During this week we have used lots of different musical instruments and learnt how to use them properly and the different sounds different instruments make. We have played instruments along to music and made up our own rhythms with them. We have been singing lots of songs and exploring how we can use our voice to make different sounds. We have also listened to lots of styles of music and talked about some of our favourite genres, for example Mrs Dowling and Miss Peate’s favourite style of music was soul music. We enjoyed dancing to the different styles of music and having to change the speed we were moving our bodies at to match the rhythm of the songs, it was lots of fun! We even made our own musical instruments that we could take home to play!
Reception - What's on the Menu?
Reception have been learning about how to combine ingredients together. They decided to make a vegetable soup! The children enjoyed writing shopping lists and thinking about what could go in their soup. Mrs Rycroft and Miss Thompson showed the children how to chop up the vegetables and make the soup. Then Team 1 and 2 enjoyed taste testing it afterwards. Lots of the children said it was yummy!
Year 1 - Designing and Making a Spaceship
The children in Year 1 enjoyed making their own spaceships as part of our DT lessons! Firstly, the children researched the materials they would use to make their spaceship. Next, they designed what they wanted them to look like. Then, they made their spaceships. After that, they wrote an evaluation about what they thought about the whole process.
Year 1 - Pizza Making
The children in Year 1 enjoyed making their own yummy pizzas as part of our DT lessons! Firstly, the children designed their own pizzas. Then, we made our own pizzas, choosing the toppings that we would like to put on them. After that, we took our pizzas home to cook in the oven and enjoy. They were delicious! Then, we wrote instructions for how to make a pizza in our writing lessons.
Year 2 - Designing and Making a Puppet
The children in Year 2 enjoyed designing and making a puppet as part of their DT lessons! Firstly, the children researched the materials they would use to make their puppet. Next, they designed what they wanted them to look like. After that, they made them then wrote an evaluation about what they thought about the whole process.
Year 3 - Designing and Making a Moving Mammoth
The children in Year 3 enjoyed designing and making a ‘Moving Mammoth’, using pneumatics, as part of their DT lessons! Firstly, the children researched the materials they would use to make their mammoth. Next, they designed what they wanted their mammoth to look like and how it should move. After that, they enjoyed making them then wrote an evaluation about what they thought about the whole process.
Year 3 - Miniature Greenhouses
Year 3 completed their project to make miniature greenhouses. They used cardboard, paper straws, sellotape and clingfilm! You can see them below.
Year 4 - Designing and Making a Bedside Light
The children in Year 4 enjoyed designing and making a bedside light, using electricity, as part of their DT lessons! Firstly, the children researched the materials they would use to make their light. Next, they designed what they wanted their light to look like and how it should light up. After that, they enjoyed making them then wrote an evaluation about what they thought about the whole process.
Year 5 - Designing and Making a Rocky Road
In Year 5, the children enjoyed designing and making Rocky Road! They looked at recipes and ingredient first, then designed their own. After that they combined the ingredients they wanted, made it and enjoyed eating it.
Year 6 - Making and Designing a Fairground Ride
The children in Year 6 enjoyed designing and making a moving miniature fairground ride, using electricity, as part of their DT lessons! Firstly, the children researched fairground rides and what they looked like and their moving parts. They used their knowledge of electricity from their Science lessons to help them. They already knew how to set up a circuit with a motor, so now they had to incorporate a circuit into their ride. They sourced the materials they would use to make their ride. Next, they designed what they wanted their ride to look like and how it should move. After that, they enjoyed making them then wrote an evaluation about what they thought about the whole process.
Bedside lights - 2019
Year 3 and 4 completed different DT projects including making bedside lights and moving mammoths.
Hibernation - EYFS
When learning all about hibernation, the children in Nursery made their own hibernating hedgehogs using clay. They then painted them before making a warm, cosy bed for them to sleep in during winter.
Home Learning 2020
Here are some super D&T and other crafts that the children have been doing for their home learning. We have children designing, making and showing off their cooking skills. A huge well done to our Moston Lane Superstars!
Design & Technology Club 2019
In our Design and Technology Club we have been designing and making our own Christmas decorations. We developed and used our sewing skills to join the material together. What do you think?