Fordham Primary School

Fordham Primary School

Design and Technology

At Fordham, our Design and Technology scheme of work aims to inspire all pupils to be innovative and creative thinkers. We want all pupils to have an appreciation and a clear understanding of the product design cycle – design, make and evaluate and how to use this effectively. We want pupils to feel confident to take risks with design concepts, modelling, testing and to be reflective learners who evaluate their work. Our scheme of work allows pupils to develop an awareness of the impact of design and technology on our lives and how they can develop the skills and understanding to contribute to future design advancements.

Our scheme of work enables all pupils to meet the end of key stage attainment targets in the National Curriculum. Our long term curriculum ensures the six strands of the National curriculum for Design and Technology are covered. The six strands are cooking and nutrition; mechanical systems; textiles; electrical systems (KS2); structures and the digital world (KS2). Each of these strands has a clear progression of skills and knowledge for each year group and will allow pupils to revisit and build on their previous learning. Pupils learn to evaluate existing products and design, make and evaluate their own.

Curriculum Map

Cooking and Nutrition:

Within this strand pupils learn how to:

  • - Use basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes.
  • - Understand where food comes from.
  • - Understand and apply principles of a healthy and varied diet.
  • - Prepare and cook 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.

The pupils enjoy learning about where food comes from, different tastes and how to prepare food. They use these skills to design and make their own menus and meals such as smoothies, spaghetti bolognaise and 3 course meals!

Mechanical systems:

Within this strand pupils learn to:

  • - Explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products.
  • - Understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages].

The pupils complete a variety of activities to incorporate these skills; such as looking at wheels and axels, making a moving monster, evaluating and making their own pneumatic toys, making a sling-shot car, designing and making pop up books and games.


Within this strand pupils learn to:

  • - Learn the different ways they can join fabrics together.
  • - Learn to use running stitch to join two pieces of fabric together.
  • - Learn to sew cross stitch and appliqué.
  • - Research different types of fabric fastenings before deciding which they want to use.
  • - Learn blanket stitch and applying this to a product.
  • - Learn how to measure, cut and assemble fabric. They will draw a design in accordance with their own design criteria.

The pupils evaluate a range of existing products and use this to design, make and evaluate their own. They complete a variety of activities such as; making puppets, cushions, stuffed toys and waistcoats.

Electrical Systems:

Within this strand pupils learn to:

  • - Understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors].
  • - Understand electricity and electrical safety before making a simple electric circuit.
  • - Create electromagnetic toys and more complex electronic circuits.

The pupils use this knowledge and skills to create functioning torches and electronic games.


Within this strand pupils learn to:

  • - Experiment with different shapes and manipulate materials to explore and evaluate a range of structural properties. They apply this knowledge to their own design, make and test task.
  • - Explore and experiment with a range of different bridge structures, forces and components involved in bridge building, before designing and making their own to test to destruction.
  • - Have the opportunity to be creative and experiment with a wide range of materials and equipment, applying prior knowledge of net and frame structures as well as bracing and cladding to design.

Pupils will be able to design, make and evaluate their own bridges, playgrounds and chairs for story characters.

Fly To The Line

The children enjoyed taking part in the Fly To The Line project where one of our groups ended up getting to the final at Duxford. It was a great opportunity to apply stem skills to a purposeful activity. It was a fantastic opportunity.