Silkstone Primary School, High Street, Silkstone, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 4LR

01226 790333

Silkstone Primary School

A School with Soul

Design and Technology


It is our intent that through Design & Technology children will develop a wide range of transferable skills as they use their creativity and imagination to design and make a range of products using a variety of materials, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.  Pupils learn how to work collaboratively, take risks, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.  Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a crucial understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. We will explore the development of new materials and how environmental factors influence our choice of materials.


DT lessons will provide opportunities for all children to become confident in using a variety of tools and processes to make their own products in a variety of materials. Children will learn to manage risks and use safe and hygienic methods of production. Lessons have a clear learning outcome, explicit teaching of knowledge and skills and opportunities to develop and apply learning in a range of contexts.   Within lessons, we give children the opportunity both to work on their own and to collaborate, listening to other children’s ideas and treating these with respect. Children will develop their creative, team working and analytical skills through DT. Mathematical knowledge will be applied throughout the study of DT thorough measuring, weighing, cutting and costing the materials for their products. Children critically evaluate existing products, their own work and that of others. The children will make ethically responsible decisions through their choice of materials and through the sources of the supply of materials. The children of Silkstone Primary School will broaden their knowledge of designers and technological innovations and the impact of new technological developments on world.  Formative assessment is ongoing throughout each and every lesson. It judges progress and enables teachers to make flexible adaptions to their planned teaching to ensure that tasks are matched to the ability of each child, which enables a level of challenge for all.  We use summative assessment identify any gaps or misconceptions to be addressed or passed onto the following teachers.


Our children enjoy the self-expression that they experience in Design Technology. They are always keen to learn new skills and work hard to perfect those shown to them. The children’s study of DT is cross-curricular, and helps them develop their knowledge and understanding in maths, history, geography and science. Through DT lessons, the children are able to make informed choices about the environment and healthy diets as well as taking creative risks. The products the children make have a practical use, with some products being sold to raise money for good causes.


Class Coverage







Pop up card – Easter cards

Hammer and nails – joining materials

Sock puppets



Mechanisms- Moving pictures – card, pop-ups



Junk modelling – joining recycled natural and man made materials


Fairy tale structures and characters Sheet Materials (imaginary creatures)

Cut along lines, straight & curves

Use a hole punch

Create hinges

Use simple pop ups

Investigate strengthening sheet materials

Investigate joinings

Textiles – purses using binka

Food – Teddy Bears Picnic


Structures – lighthouses

(pulleys – linked with the Lighthouse Keeper)


Make vehicles with construction kits which contain free running wheels and axles (material topic link)

Attach wheels to a chassis using an axle

Mark out materials using a template


Bug House – made of wood


Cut strip wood/dowel using a hacksaw & bench hook with close supervision

Use a glue gun with 1-1 supervision

Use glass paper.

Join using screws and nails.


Textiles (animal topic)

Colour a range of fabrics using a range of techniques

Cut out shapes by drawing around own templates

Join fabrics using running stitch

Decorate fabrics with buttons, beads, sequins, braids & ribbons.


Cut, peel, grate & chop ingredients

Work safely & hygienically

Measure & weigh food items using non-statutory measures


Mechanisms –levers and linkages – moving pictures


Pneumatics – make a moving monster

Structures –make a photo frame from wood


Felt baubles – joining textiles in different ways

Nutrition – cooking savoury dishes, seasonality



Electrical systems – circuit with bulb and buzzer – make a moving car

Structures – Hadrian’s Wall


Roman shields (joining sheet material)


Sewing (linked to Literacy)

Textiles – sewing linked to Anglo Saxons (different stitching, attaching etc.) to make a bag


Nutrition – cook savoury dishes (linked to Romans/ pizza)



Mechanisms – pneumatic crane


Cams – moving toys



Pencil holder/desk tidy made from wood.


Nutrition – cook savoury dishes, seasonality



Photo box with a lid made from wood

Textiles – Ancient Mayan weaving


Different stitches, back stitch, blanket stitch


Nutrition – Savoury dishes – linked to Greece or Rome