Calderbrook Avenue, Burnley, Lancashire BB11 4RB

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Christ the King RC Primary School

Christ at the Heart Of All We Do

Statement of Intent

At Christ the King, our Design and Technology curriculum engages children to become young designers, inventors and engineers. It will allow children to think creatively, imaginatively and to design and make products in a variety of contexts. It is our intent to develop and support the children in following a design process, equipping them with skills to participate in the development of rapidly changing technology. Our Design and Technology will allow children to apply the knowledge and skills gained in other subjects, particularly Maths, Science and Art. At Christ the King, children are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers. Evaluation plays an integral part in the design process as it allows children to adapt and improve their product- a key skill which they will need throughout their life. Children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness. 

Design and Technology in Year 1 

Unit outcome - To make a moving picture 

Investigating stage - Children looked closely at different pop up books in school 

Investigating stage - Children explored different mechanisms. Below are some of their their own wheel mechanisms.

Designing stage - Children then designed their own moving picture based on popular nursery rhymes.

Many children visited Mrs Webster in her office. Florence when asked about her design said, " My idea is to have a wheel mechanism behind the picture to change Little Miss Muffet from happy to sad when the spider comes to sit next to her. The spider will move with a slider mechanism". WOW Florence what a fabulous explanation! 

Making stage - Children then used all their skills to make these amazing moving pictures.

The class finally evaluated their final pieces of work. Fantastic work Year 1, Well done! 

Year Two - Fire engines

During this topic, we investigated wheels, axles and chassis. We looked at how they work together to create the base of a fire engine and explored the different ways of attaching the chassis to the axles. After this, we looked at all the different parts of a fire engine and explored what each part does. We then got to design our own fire engine, we selected appropriate materials for each of the parts  based on what we had learnt. Below are some photographs of each of these stages. 

Year Two - Puppets

During this term, we looked at and created our own puppets. We practised sewing and then created our own puppets. By then end of the topic we could:

  • Cut out shapes which have been created by drawing round a template onto the fabric.
  • Join fabrics by using e.g. running stitch, glue, staples, over sewing, tape.
  • Decorate fabrics with attached items e.g. buttons, beads, sequins, braids, ribbons.
  • Colour fabrics using a range of techniques e.g. fabric paints, printing, painting.

Design and technology in year 3

unit outcome- To design a Christmas stocking 


We started our topic by exploring what was already on the market already, we chose our favourite design and explored a variety of questions relating to the product.


Continuing our investigation we began exploring different sewing techniques and thinking about which would be best for our Christmas stockings. 


Once we had explored the sewing techniques we designed our stocking. We had to think about it’s visual appeal, and it’s practical use (to be strong enough to hold items). 


We then created our stockings using the techniques we had explored. The children sewed these independently and added finishing touches to their design to make them visually appealing.  The children then evaluated their stocking thinking about what they liked about their finished product and what they can improve. 

Spring 2
Making a mini greenhouse

This term the children in year 3 have made their own mini greenhouses. They have 

  • explored existing greenhouses
  • investigated stable structures
  • investigated different materials fit for purpose
  • designed their own mini greenhouse
  • made their own mini green house and evaluated it. 

Design and Technology in Year 4

Unit outcome- to design and make a light-up box


We started our topic by exploring different types of light-up signs


After studying different types of signs/boxes, the children designed their own light-up box


Final Product

Year 5 Autumn Term - Textiles - Wallet and Purses


We began by researching styles, textiles and ideas, we gathered together some examples.


After exploring a range of stitching techniques and practising on samples, we began to make our own designs.

Finished products

Year 5 Spring Term - Healthy Meal


To prepare for our meal, we created a food pyramid and  looked at our typical weekly menu. This gave us an overview of the variety of foods that we regularly eat. We then evaluated our diet and looked for opportunities eat a more balanced diet. From this stage, we planned our healthy meals and created a recipe.


After a lesson on food hygiene, we began to prepare and cook our healthy meals.

Finished Product

Year 6 - Bread making

Year 6 have been tasting different breads and following a recipe to make their own.  They  used a recipe which may have been used during World War 2 to make best use of rationed ingredients.  The children also amended their recipes by adding dried fruit and cinnamon.