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Design & Technology

Design & Technology

Design & Technology

At EHPS, Design and Technology is an exciting, practical subject. Using their virtues of creativity and reflection, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts.

The national curriculum for Design and Technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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
  • 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

The above statements are at the heart of Design and Technology at EHPS. Each product is designed for a purpose. Throughout their DT journey, pupils acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. They learn how to take calculated risks, becoming both resourceful and innovative. Through the evaluation of pre-existing products, they begin to develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

The children in Year R explore DT whilst learning through play. They have opportunities to create with junk modelling materials, explore textures and different materials during discovery time and are able to self-select a daily snack from the Year R snack café.

Year 1 build and create bridges and create their own wheeled buggy with a rotating axel. They also have the opportunity to design and make their own delicious and healthy fruit kebabs.

Year 2 create alien puppets linking to their ‘Out of this world!’ topic, pop-up kangaroos during their ‘Down Under!’ topic and make tropical fruit cocktails and smoothies.

In the autumn term, the children in Year 3 create festive photo frames. They also use their sewing skills to create money containers to keep their coins safe. In the spring term, the children have the opportunity to design and create their own healthy sandwiches.

Year 4 taste a variety of soups and then create their own exciting flavour combinations! Later in the year, the children design and make their own working torch that can be used on late night adventures.

Year 5 used a variety of sewing skills to create beautiful advent pockets for Christmas. In the Summer term, Year 5 design a fairground ride and then use a computer programme called Crumble to control it.

Year 6 work in groups to create a balanced three course menu whilst sticking to a strict budget. They then shop for the ingredients and prepare and cook their meal.