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Curriculum Area - Design and Technology


Mrs M Watt (Infant School) and Mrs E Burge (Junior School) are our Art and Design Curriculum Leaders.


Design and Technology


Design and Technology is a central part of our World. At Chalfont St Giles Village School, we aim to develop skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and food.  All our projects involve making functional products. It is a subject which nurtures creativity and innovation, drawing relevance from the world around us.


Through-out the school Design and technology lessons are broken down into:-


  1. Activities which involve investigating and evaluating existing products.
  2. Focused practical tasks in which children develop particular aspects of knowledge and skills.
  3. Designing and making activities in which children design and make ‘something’ for ‘somebody’ for ‘some purpose.’
  4. Evaluation


Our D&T projects are built into our creative curriculum topics and follow the current theme. It is an exciting subject that has great relevance to the historical and modern world. Who knows, we could have the next great designer amongst us! 


Chalfont St. Giles School ensures that children have the opportunity to develop in all three of these areas, and teachers use ideas linked to the terms topic to develop these skills.  Planning for continuity and progression is an important consideration in the school’s long term planning. We are committed to constantly evaluating and developing our provision. As a school, we look for opportunities to widen our experience, refresh our creativity and enable us to approach our teaching with vigour and passion.


Below is a grid to show an overview of design technology projects we plan to use across the school.


(Nursery and Reception)

During the course of the year children have the opportunity to engage in a huge amount of experiences on a daily basis. These are just a few of the events that take place in the EYFS.

Junk modelling of vehicles


Making bread linked to Harvest and the Little Red Hen.

Making of telescopes and junk model rockets.

Cooking food from different countries.

Design a castle and use junk modelling to create your design. Make jewellery for king/queen using pasta.  Making time travellers hats, time machine, weaving bracelets. Build castles with construction blocks.

Design and making of volcanoes. Explore and design bug houses.

Making sandwiches using healthy options.

Create an animal mask for the class assembly.

Use junk modelling to create different animals such as giraffes, tigers, elephants etc.

Year 1

Design a toy referencing old and new ones-Make peg dolls/spinning tops.

Healthy lunch box or party linked to the Tiger who came to tea.

Design and making pizza boxes, Make bread, make pizza dough

Design a new piece of playground equipment for the village playground- looking at structures and strength.

Make Punch and Judy puppets.

Make pulley/winch (link to Lighthouse Keeper’s lunch story…best way to move lunch!) also linking with electricity.

Year 2

Winding mechanisms related to Great fire of London e.g. winding a bucket up from a well.

Create recipes for an African Feast Day.African Instruments/sewing.

Looking at food miles and food from around the world related to Captain Cook and his exploration of the globe. Then design and make a fruit salad.

Famous bridges- looking at stable structures

Year 3

Make a working shaduf using a pivoted lever

How tools and construction have changed through the ages: Making Bow and Arrows and investigating round houses.

Healthy dishes from around the world – creating and tasting.

Year 4

Joining and Fastenings

Making Roman Shields and a Feast.

Design, create and evaluate Bug hotels and bird feeders.

Year 5

Cooking Mexican food.

Costume making.

Building Viking Houses looking at Roof structures. 

Make a Sundial.

Make a space buggy- look at designs including axels, periscopes, suspension

Year 6

Make and evaluate Green houses

Building and evaluating bridges, using ICT and a variety of materials.

WWI meals – healthy. French meals.

Using ICT programming to create an electrical device.