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Design & Technology

At Listerdale Junior Academy, we pride ourselves in getting children to engage in the rapidly changing world around them and develop their understanding of the uses and implications of design and technology today and in the future.  The design and technology scheme of work is designed to ensure that it helps children to develop their creativity and resilience in practical ways. It encourages them to be curious, responsible and reflective learners whilst solving problems both as individuals and as members of a team.

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which uses creativity and imagination to design, make and evaluate products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. It is taught in all year groups per term, and includes one topic relating to either food, textiles or mechanisms. Design Technology projects are often cross curricular and linked to other subject areas where possible.

We are committed to delivering a Design and Technology curriculum which is accessible to all and provides the broadest possible range of opportunities for children to become self-motivated, confident communicators and ambitious problem solvers who are not afraid of making mistakes.

Key objectives of intent within the Design Technology Curriculum based on the National Curriculum 2014 guidance:

  • Products are to be made for a purpose.
  • Individuality should be ensured in children’s design and construction of products.
  • Delivery of the two strands: Designing and Making and Cooking and Nutrition.
  • More emphasis to be given on creating ‘innovative’ products in KS2.
  • Teaching the importance of making on-going changes and improvements during making stages.
  • Looking into seasonality of ingredients and how they are grown, caught or reared.
  • The introduction of computing and coding of products in KS2.
  • Researching key events and individual designers in the History of Technology in KS2.


Design and Technology LTP 


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2








Year 1


Structures – Free standing structures


Mechanisms – Sliders and levers

Food - Preparing fruit and vegetables


Year 2

Textiles – Templates and joining techniques


Food – Preparing fruit and vegetables


Mechanisms – Wheels and axles


Year 3


Mechanical Systems – Levers and linkages

Food – A healthy diet



Structures – Shell structures

Year 4

Electrical Systems – Simple circuits and switches



Food – A healthy and varied diet

Textiles – 2D shape to 3D product


Year 5


Textiles – Combining different fabric shapes

Mechanical Systems – Gears and pulleys



Food – Celebrating culture and seasonality

Year 6


Structures – Frame structures


Food – Celebrating culture and seasonality


Electrical Systems – More complex switches and circuits