Design Technology Statement of Intent for CMS


Year 5 Carousel A Product Design

Introduction to Product Design:

Pupils become familiar with the workshop as they design and make a Block-Bot.  They use the disc sander, bench drill and various other hand tools with a key emphasis on Health and Safety.

Key Components:  

  • Demonstrate working safely in Workshop
  • Understand that materials can be shaped using hand tools and machinery
Carousel B Food Technology

Healthy Lunches:

Intro to food safety and hygiene and knife skills.


Products made: 

Dips and veggie sticks, fruit salad, couscous salad, sandwiches, pitta pizza and fruity tart. 

Key Components:

  • Follow knife safety rules to chop, dice and slice ingredients
  • Demonstrate working safely and hygienically
  • To know the reasons why our bodies need each of the different food groups on the Eatwell Guide and why fat and sugar are no longer included
Carousel C Textiles Technology

The Brilliant Bag Company:

Exploring what textiles are and how fabrics can be made and decorated.

Key Components:

  • To know that textiles are made from fibres, what fibres look like and that they can be made into fabrics
  • To experience handling fibres and fabrics, changing their colour and shaping them
Year 6 Carousel A Product Design

Introduction to Product Design:

Pupils become familiar with the workshop as they design and make jigsaw.  They use a range of hand tools and machinery including the scroll saw. 

Key Components:  

  • Demonstrate working safely in the Workshop
  • Understand that materials can be shaped and refined using hand tools and machinery
Carousel B Food Technology

Brilliant Breakfasts:

Pupils will continue to develop their repertoire of practical skills with a focus on safely using the hob, oven and blender.

Key Components:  

  • To safely use the hob, oven and blender
  • To evaluate products you have made
Carousel C Textiles Technology

Animal Cases:

Design and make a device case which is decorated with applique.

Key Components:  

  • To be able to shape and join textiles materials to create a 3D product
  • To communicate ideas


Year 7 Carousel A Product Design


Design and make a clock with an inspired design.


Toy Trucks:

Pupils use a variety of hand tools and machines to further develop their knowledge of making techniques.

Key Components:  

  • Be able to use a variety of hand tools and machinery to shape and join timber
  • To extend knowledge of the design process and effectively communicating ideas
  • To continually evaluate your work
Carousel B Food Technology

Real Meals: Food & Nutrition:

Developing a repertoire of skills to enable pupils to make almost any meal while also gaining a deeper understanding of food safety, hygiene and nutrition.

Key Components:  

  • To extend knowledge of food preparation
  • To understand how the different methods of heat application affect foods (baking, grilling, using the hob)
  • To know which food groups different ingredients are from and why we need a healthy balance of these groups 
  • To be able to safely handle and cook raw meat
Carousel C Textiles Technology

Natural Patterns:

Pupils find inspiration in nature before exploring different forms of embellishment to create their designs and learning how to join and finish textiles materials effectively. 

Key Components:  

  • To be able to create and use templates to accurately shape materials
  • To print/apply a design to fabric
  • To extend knowledge of textiles manufacturing techniques (pinning, tacking, sewing by machine) 
Year 8 Carousel A Product Design

Box Project:

Pupils refine their making skills to create a functional box of their own design, considering what makes a high quality product.

Key Components:  

  • To further extend design/communication skills
  • To be accurately shape and finish materials 
  • To carry out quality control checks
Carousel B Food Technology

Year 8 Food and Nutrition:

Extending knowledge of food preparation and nutrients while further developing practical skills to enable pupils to make informed food choices and create their own recipes. 

Key Components:  

  • To identify the function of ingredients and modify recipes
  • To explain the function of micro and macronutrients in our bodies
  • To consider factors that affect of cost of food
Carousel C Textiles Technology

Drawstring Bags:

Design and make a bag inspired by an artist/designer of choice. 

Key Components:  

  • To demonstrate knowledge of manufacturing techniques
  • To be able to develop ideas through iterative design 
  • To know how a product would be mass produced 
  • To be able to design an ergonomic functional product that is suited to an end user. 

Age Related Expectations

By the end of Year 5 pupils should be able to safely shape and combine materials when working with Food, Textiles and Timber using a range of hand tools independently while also being introduced to machinery.  They will be able to communicate their ideas by drawing and labelling designs and should continually evaluate the techniques they are using to make quality products. 

By the end of Year 6, pupils will build on their Year 5 skills and knowledge while working with more complex tools, machinery and processes.  In addition to timber, pupils will work with plastics in product design, they will independently use the hob and check their food is cooked and in Textiles they will construct a 3D product.  

By the end of Year 7, pupils will have followed a 4 stage design process (define, research, develop and reflect) to create functional products using a wider range of materials.  They will be able to use all parts of the cooker, the sewing machine, heat press, bench drill, disc sander and scroll saw safely and confidently.

By the end of Year 8, pupils will be able to select and use a wide range of tools, machinery and materials to work with safely, accurately and appropriately, justifying reasons for their choices.  As they are working, they will carry out quality control checks to make high quality products. 

Curriculum Intent 

To create an environment where all learners can work safely and independently, supporting them to build their confidence and challenge them to be innovative while developing a repertoire of practical knowledge, life skills and an awareness of career options in related industries. 


Tinkercad – pupils will need to login as a student via Google

Sketchup Free – pupils will need to login as a student via Google

Design Museum

James Dyson Foundation

Technology Student


Homework – KS2 – Optional extension to learning challenges set through google classroom

  • KS3 – 1 homework every half term for Product Design and Textiles. These enhancement tasks could be knowledge retrieval or research tasks linked to classroom learning.
  • Students will also be asked to organise their ingredients for Food Technology.  Students are given generic ingredients lists at the start of the topic which will be discussed in lessons one week in advance of the practical task to enable pupils to understand how the recipes can be adapted.

Recommended reading lists – could be per year group/key stage


Design Technology
Read Watch Visit Research Do
From A to Eames by Lauren Whybrow George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
Masterpieces of British Design by Charlotte and Peter Fiell The Great British Sewing Bee Discovery Museum
How things are made by Oldrich Ruzicka The Repair Shop Life Science Museum
Women Design by Libby Sellers BBC Big Life Fix The Biscuit Factory
British Design from 1948: Innovation in the Modern Age BBC The Imagineers The Sage
Now Make This: 24 DIY Projects by Thomas Bärnthaller BBC How to build… The Glass Centre

Helpful resources for learning 

Knowledge Organisers

Parent Info 

To help your child at home in Design Technology you could:

  • Look at existing products and talk about the problem the designer has solved or how it is made
  • Be inventors – draw your ideas and label them to develop communication skills
  • Get modelling – raid the recycling bin to make models of your grand designs at home
  • Try crafting – practising sewing or learning to knit/crochet will help your child to develop fine motor skills
  • Invite your child to help prepare meals and do the dishes together!
  • Get baking!

– Pupils design, making and continual evaluation skills and knowledge will be assessed throughout each carousel.