Design Technology Curriculum

Intent for TVED Design Technology

We aim to equip children with technical knowledge to develop life skills for the world beyond school.  To make and create products through independent and creative thinking, individually and as part of a team. They will also be able to evaluate effectively utilising acquired vocabulary. For reference, take a look at the Department for Education design technology curriculum guidance here.


By the end of the KS1 design technology curriculum most children will be able to:

  • use a range of materials to design and make simple products;  
  • select materials, tools and techniques and explain their choices;  
  • understand simple mechanisms and structures;  
  • measure, assemble, join and combine materials in a variety of ways using basic tools safely;  
  • investigate and evaluate simple products, commenting on the main features.

By the end of the KS2 design technology curriculum most children will be able to:

  • use knowledge and understanding of a range of materials, components and techniques to design and make quality products;  
  • evaluate work as it develops and, if necessary, suggest alternatives;  
  • produce designs and plans which list the stages involved in making a product, and list tools and materials used;  
  • accurately measure, mark, cut, join and combine a variety of materials, working safely and recognising hazards to themselves and others;  
  • understand the use of electrical and mechanical systems and more complex structures;  
  • evaluate what is or is not working well in a product.
Design TechnologyAutumnSpringSummer
Year 1Cooking and Nutrition: Make a saladMechanisms: bridge buildingTextiles: Make a glove / sock puppet
How did you make your salad?How do you build a strong bridge?How did you make your glove / sock puppet?
Year 2Cooking and nutrition:  
Making soup
Mechanisms: Make a vehicleTextiles: Make a finger puppet
Cooking and nutrition:  
Making soup
How did you make your vehicle and how did it move?How did you join your finger puppet?
Year 3Textiles: Make a bookmarkCooking and Nutrition: Make a desertMechanisms: Pneumatics
Which stitching techniques can you use to make a bookmark?How do you bake a healthy desert (cake/biscuit)?How do you make a moving toy using pneumatics?
Year 4Textiles: Make a cushionCooking and Nutrition:  Healthy PizzaMechanisms: Using cams
What stitching types did you use to join your materials?What makes your pizza healthy?How do you make a moving toy using cams?
Year 5Mechanisms:  Make a space buggyTextiles:  Make a soft toyCooking and nutrition: Make a two-course meal
What makes your space buggy move?What complex sewing techniques can you use to create a soft toy?How did you make your two-course meal?
Year 6Mechanisms: Merry go roundTextiles: Make a pencil caseCooking and Nutrition: Make a three-course meal
How can you make a toy with two different systems?What techniques did you use to make your pencil case?How did you make your three-course meal?


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