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Design & Technology at Blenheim Primary School intends to teach practical skills that are transferable in a number of other subjects, as well as the children's life outside school. 

The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in design and technology lessons. The principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in design and technology. Teachers ensure that the children apply their knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning and making products, and then evaluating them. They promote an iterative process, allowing children to learn from mistakes and improve upon prototypes. We do this through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual or group activities. Within lessons, we give children the opportunity both to work on their own and to collaborate with others, listening to other children’s ideas and treating these with respect. Children critically evaluate existing products, their own work and that of others. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources, including ICT.

The long term plan for our school is outlined below:

Year 1

Autumn Term

Mechanisms

(Moving cards)

Spring Term

Structures

(Kites)

Summer Term

Food

(Ice Lollies)

Year 2

Autumn Term

Mechanisms

(Split pin animals)

Spring Term

Food

(Smoothie)

Summer Term

Textiles

(Finger Puppets Superhero/ Needlework)

 

Year 3

Autumn Term

Textiles

(Cave Painting/ Tote Bags)

Spring Term

Food

(Design Healthy Lunch Box)

Summer Term

Structures

(Canopic Jars)

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Year 4

Autumn Term

Electrical Systems

(Buzz game)

 

Spring Term

Food

(Pesto or Bruschetta)

Summer Term

Mechanical Systems

(Levers and linkages,

Funny bones, moving skeleton)

Year 5

Autumn Term

Food

(Salsas)

Spring Term

Structures

(Structure that will hold a dictionary)

 

Summer Term

Mechanical Systems

(Cams)

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Year 6

Autumn Term

Food

(Soups/ Seasonality)

Spring Term

Electrical Systems

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Summer Term

Textiles

(Needlework)