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  • we gather together joyfully,
  • to love, live, learn and pray,
  • with respect for all God’s family,
  • as Jesus teaches us.


The aim of Design and Technology teaching at Maryvale, is to prepare all children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. By allowing children to freely explore their ideas they can express themselves through their work.  Additionally, children become independent and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team.

Through the study of design and technology, they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts.




Unit 1

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Cross Curricular links



Year 1

Never leave a page unturned


Create a book using levers


Use mechanisms in their products

Range of creation stories

Range of quality texts that include levers e.g. “who are you?”

RE – Creation

English – language/writing own books

PSHE – working in teams




- I can say how I am going to make my book

-I can explore how products have been created

-I can talk about my finished design

Year 2

Sizzling structures


Create structures/houses

Build structures exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable

3 Little pigs


The true story of the 3 little pigs

History – great fire of London

English – 3 little pigs


Catholic Social teaching – Grenfell

investigating, planning, design, make, evaluate, user, purpose, ideas, design criteria, product, function, cut, fold, join, fix

- I can show through simple drawings the main features of a building with simple proportions

-I am beginning to understanding how to make my structure more stable

I can join 2D and 3D materials in different ways

Year 3



Build their own toy car

understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages]

Mr Gumpy’s Motor Car


Quality non-fiction texts

Catholic Social teaching – environment/pollution

Wheel, axel, vehicle, construct, motor, auto, automobile

-I can give examples of why different vehicles are used for different purposes

-I can join wheels and axels effectively and explain how they work

-I can construct a vehicle which functions

Year 4

Buzz off


Create a burglar alarm

understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]

Quality non-fiction texts

Science -Circuits

History – protecting the Staffordshire Hoard


Safeguarding – dangers of electricity

Circuit, buzzer, conductor, alarm, system, prototype

- I can recognise the uses of alarm systems

-I can produce a range of working circuits using different kind of switches, conductors etc.

-I can make products through stages of prototypes including continual refinements

Year 5

Building Bridges


Building spaghetti bridges

apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures

Quality non-fiction texts e.g.

“Britain’s Victorian railway bridges may be saved in new green travel plan” The Guardian

PSHE – raising aspirations future architects


History – Sarah Guppy first woman to design a bridge


Geography – famous/significant bridges

Suspension, arch, cantilever, truss, beamed

-I can name and explain the different parts of a bridge

-I can evaluate different bridge designs

-I can apply what I have learnt when designing and making

Year 6


prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

Quality non-fiction texts including a range of instructions

Catholic Social teaching – CAFOD family feast day


Safeguarding – cooking safety


-I can compare soups in terms of appearance, texture, flavour and cost

-I can follow a recipe to make soup

-I can make and measure accurately whilst working safely




The aim of the Design and Technology curriculum is to provide all children, regardless of their needs and abilities, with the opportunity to achieve their full potential; fully reflecting the school’s ethos.

Designing and making their own products gives pupils a valuable sense of achievement.

Support for pupils in this subject may include the following adaptations:

-1:1 or small group support

- Adapted resources such as scissors

-Pre and post tutoring of key concepts

-Alternatives ways of recording e.g. audio instead of written



Some of our design and technology work in school