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Design and Technology

At Emsworth Primary School our Design and Technology curriculum follows the “Projects on a Page Scheme” by the Design and Technology Association. All members of staff belong to this association. We are also supported by the Hampshire DT network which strengthens our knowledge and resources for each unit of work.

We focus on the five aspects of DT: textiles, food and nutrition, structures, mechanical systems and electrical systems. We aim to ensure that children use a range of materials and components including construction materials, textiles, food, mechanical components and electrical components across the school.

Every year is taught 3 units a year in which they will investigate, plan and evaluate products, complete focused practical tasks to learn new skills and then apply these skills in a design and make assignment at the end of the unit. Each unit will allow children to build on their existing skills and develop new ones.

Below you will find a copy of the curriculum map for Design and Technology that shows the key areas and topics covered throughout the school.


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 1


Structures- playgrounds


Mechanisms- sliders (science link)


Food- fruit/veg

Year 2


Textiles - Xmas stocking

Cooking - Xmas biscuits


 Mechanisms -axels - moving bugs (science link)


Food- healthy eating/nutrition (PSHE and science link)



Year 3


 Mechanisms- Hydraulics and pneumatics



Food- Quiche

Structures – Photo frames

Year 4


 Mechanisms – storybook pop ups

 Textiles – sewing money pouches



 Control- electrical- switches

Year 5

Control- mechanisms – Moving toys (link to space)




Food – healthy eating


Year 6


 Cooking - healthy snack bar




Control – electrical- Fairgrounds