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All things are possible for one who believes – Mark 9:23

Design Technology

All things are possible for one who believes – Mark 9:23

Design and Technology feature in each Year Group at Waverley Abbey.  Children are introduced to the idea that creativity is a cross curricular activity, using ideas informed by other subjects.  Additionally, they are shown that changing ideas into production requires planning and design.

Ideas from ‘Topic’ lessons form the basis of research to help develop design (through discussion, annotated sketches and diagrams) for prototypes of appealing products that are fit for purpose.  Children are encouraged to select a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks, and materials according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities.  They are further encouraged to evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others’ to improve their work.

Through the process of inspiration to post production (no matter the scale) Waverley Abbey promotes the desire to work out ways to change ideas into practice.

The Design and Technology undertaken at Waverley Abbey follows the National Curriculum.  The aim of the school is to involve all children in age appropriate activities, which are related to the topics followed through the course of the year.  Some are undertaken on a weekly lesson basis throughout the topic, whilst others are blocked together and undertaken on a week-long basis. 

Design and Technology in each year of the school focuses on four key areas: Designing, Making, Evaluating and Technical Knowledge.

The subject input is intended to allow all children to realise that inventors and manufacturers (now and across the ages) who come up with an idea, do not suddenly produce a finished item.  Instead they plan, test, trial and improve the product, using working models until they can create a final product.

The topics at Waverley Abbey that underpin Design and Technology are:

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

  • Stone age and Iron age
  • The Romans 
  • Anglo-Saxons, Scots and Vikings
  • Tudors
  • Space
  • Ancient Greece
  • Fair Grounds
  • Smoothies