Interactive Bar

Google Services


Facebook Facebook





Log In

Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery

Design Technology

'Design is not just what it looks like,

design is how it works.'


Steve Jobs

The three areas we focus on in Trotts Hill are Food Technology, mechanisms and textiles.

'Making sandwiches is fun. I liked designing and choosing my food'. TC Year 2


'I love to design and make new things'. JA Year 6


Design and Technology is an inspiring and practical subject. The subject encourages children to learn and think creatively whilst testing and making. Children are encouraged to use their creativity, imagination, as well as independent thought, to design and make products within a variety of contexts. All children follow three areas of learning; mechanisms, textiles and food technology. This ensures that every child achieves a high level of skill-based learning throughout their academic career. Learning is made cross curricular where possible. All elements of learning are purposeful to the individual.




Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge and skills needed to engage in a process of designing and making. The children work in a range of relevant contexts connected to their topic in class. Each topic is linked to the skills for that year group. When designing and making, the children are taught to design, use research and develop their own success criteria. Each product designed is aimed at particular groups or individuals. Children generate and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, prototypes and some computer-aided design. When making their products, children in each class select from a variety of tools and perform practical tasks that are linked to their given skill in their year group (eg cutting in key stage 1 to joining and finishing in key stage 2.) Once tasks are completed or products finished, they are analysed, evaluated and investigated to ensure they have met their own design success criteria.




We ensure the children build an understanding of skills in order to design and make products for a wide range of users. Children critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products. Furthermore, children understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook. Children will design and make a range of products throughout their school career. A good quality finish will be expected in all design and activities made appropriate to the age and ability of the child. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, pupils develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of every child.


Design and Technology National Curriculum and Progression of skills for the whole school

Summer Term 

Year 3 Healthy Pizzas

Year 3 investigated food groups and healthy pizzas.  They then designed and made their own pizzas.

Year 1 Fruit Kebabs

Year 1 had a great time designing and making fruit kebabs. The children focused on chopping, slicing, peeling and cutting different fruits.

Spring Term 2024

Year 1 Sewing puppets

Year 1 worked really hard to learn different skills for sewing. They made some wonderful puppets of people. This was linked to the PSHE topic.

Year 4 - Quiche 

Year 2 Moving Vehicles

Year 2 have been designing and making moving vehicles. They experimented with wheels, chassis and an axels.

Year 3 - Moving Monsters

Year 3 explored pneumatics and created a moving monster which used a pneumatic system to make a part of the monster moved.

Autumn Term 2023

Year 1 - Moving Pictures

Year 1 designed and made their own moving picture Christmas cards! They used a lever to make their Christmas character slide along the snow.

Year 6 Textiles 3D decorations

This term Year 6 created their own 3D decoration. They created paper patterns and templates, cut their fabric to size, added sequins, and decorative stitches and joined two sides together before filling them with cushion stuffing and scents. 

Year 5 - Food Technology - Scones

This term, Year 5 have been bakers. They taste-tested some basic scones before inventing their own savoury or fruity fillings. Some groups even decided to combine the two! The pupils chopped, grated and mixed their ingredients before rolling out the dough and using a pastry cutter to shape their scones. A big thank you goes to Mrs Poole, who cooked the scones for us. They smelled and tasted delicious!

Year 4 - Textiles - Christmas Stockings

Year 4 designed their own Christmas stockings. They thought about the intended recipient and some adapted the stocking to create a stuffed cushion instead. The children added felt, button and sequin embellishments to their felt stockings and chose which stitches to use to attach the front and back.


Year 3 - Textiles - Pencil cases

Summer Term 2023

Year 3 - Pizzas

Summer Term Year 6 Food Technology - Tortilla Wraps

This term, Year 6 completed their Food Technology module of DT. The pupils measured ingredients to make a tortilla wrap from scratch and after mixing, kneading and rolling, their dough was ready to be fried on our new induction hob!

They honed their knife skills cutting lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, cucumber and red onion, which they added to their wraps before tucking in and enjoying them!

Year 3 Spring Term Pneumatics

The children made 'Moving Monsters' using pneumatics.  They used a syringe and balloon or a syringe and a syringe to make their part move.

Year 5 - Spring Term - Cams

This term, Year 5 have been making moving models of animals as part of their "Animal Automata" unit. They have explored how endangered animals move and tried to replicate this in their models, using cams to create different movements.

Year 5 - Autumn Term - Scones

Year 5 tasted a basic scone recipe and then adapted it, adding a variety of flavours and textures.

Year 6 - Autumn Term - 3D decorations

Year 6 carried out a survey to see what people wanted from a 3D decoration. They created paper patterns and templates, cut their fabric to size, added sequins, buttons and decorative stitches and joined two sides together before filling them with cushion stuffing and scents. Some students also made a crochet loop to hang their decoration.

Year 3 - Autumn Term - Pencil Cases

Year 3 evaluated a range of pencil cases and then designed and made their own.  They used some fantastic sewing skills and once completed evaluated their pencil case.

Year 1 Autumn- Mechanisms- moving pictures

Year 1 made moving Christmas pictures with a sliding, pop up and range of lever mechanisms.

Autumn Term - Year 4 - Careful Sawing

As part of the whole-school balloon buggy project, Year 4 designed and built their own balloon buggies. Construction included sawing dowelling to make axels. The children listened carefully to the safety information and were all able to saw effectively. Most were surprised at how little you needed to push down as the 'teeth do the work'. Ot was great project and the children really rose to the challenge. 

Autumn Term Reception - Making Diva lamps

As part of their learning on Diwali, Reception class use clay to make Diva lamps. They had to manipulate the clay to shape it, leaving enough room for a tealight candle, then they decorated them using a variety of shaped sequins. The children developed skills in using their hands to shape the clay and also enjoyed working with new textures.

Autumn Term Year 2 - Making healthy sandwiches 

Year 2 used cutting, grating and peeling skills to prepare vegetables to create their own healthy sandwiches. 

Summer Term Year 2- making toys.

Year 2 created wonderful toys linked to their topic on Kenya. The children focused on a running stitch and a back stitch.

Summer Term - Reception making and evaluating lift the flap pictures.

Reception had a great time making their own 'Dear Zoo' book by making lift the flap pictures. They had to cut, fold and stick the flaps into place but, most importantly, they had to ensure that the flap would be the correct size to cover the picture which involved some trial and error. The following week, the children evaluated their lift-the-flap pictures choosing what they thought worked well and what they may improve upon next time. The pictures were all stuck into a book.

Summer Term - Year 5 Designing and making blackwork bookmarks