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Curriculum – Design & Technology

Our aim within Design and Technology is to provide a stimulating environment for designing and making.  Where possible, topics are set within ‘real life’ context.  For example, in Year 5 children design and make a musical  instrument which will be suitable for toddlers.

During Key Stage 1, pupils learn how to think imaginatively and talk about what they like or dislike when designing and making.  They explore how familiar things work and talk about, draw and model their ideas.  They learn how to design and make safely, and begin to use ICT as part of this process.  In the past, topics have   included designing models of playgrounds and making cheese on toast.

During Key Stage 2, pupils work on their own or as part of a team on a range of  evaluating, designing and making activities.  They think about what products are used for and the needs of the people who use them.  They plan what is to be done, decide what works well and what could be improved in their own and other people’s designs. Topics undertaken have included smoothie making, designing Tudor purses, making musical instruments and making torches.

During their time at Trimley St Mary children gain experience of using electrical and mechanical  components, mouldable materials, sheet materials and textiles.  Also, as part of our commitment to ‘Healthy Schools’, pupils complete a food-based topic on a yearly basis.