Design Technology at Milford Junior School
"You design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown."
Norman Foster

Design and technology is a fun, engaging and practical subject that allows children of all ages and abilities to engage with the designed and made world.  They learn how products and systems are designed and manufactured, how to make creative use of a variety of resources, how to critically evaluate and improve their designs and, in doing so, how to improve the world around them.

  • All lessons are planned using skills progressions (based on the Chris Quigley education scheme) so year on year pupils can build on prior learning as well as acquiring new skills.
  • We cover a range of product design areas – including food technology, textiles, computing, materials, electronics and construction.
  • Central to every project is the Design-Make-Evaluate process, which encourages children to really think about who they are designing their product for as well as asking them to evaluate how and why their designs changed as well as how to improve them.
  • Every year group spends time looking at inspiring designers work and takes part in fun challenge work that asks them to, for instance, give their next superhero outfit the Vivienne Westwood treatment.
Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6

Construction

Superhero Sliders

Autodraw

Create a Roman Shield

Textiles

Designing and making a Poison Dart Frog using fabric

Construction

Rainforest Dioramas

Computer Programming

Designing

Design a machine for the Cat and the Hat

Salt and Pepper Shakers based on

Autodraw

Viking Long Boats

Food

Construction

Designing and Making a habitat

Computer Programming

Lego WeDo and Spheros

Mechanics, Materials & Electronics Design and make a robot with levers and circuits

Construction

Making bridges

Food

Tasting Greek food

Computer Programming

Sketch up

Construction

Designing and Making a puppet

Computer Programming

Coding

Electronics

Designing and making an electrical card or burglar alarm

Food

Designing and making chocolates and packaging

Textiles

Designing and making a coastal themed cushion

Mechanics

Designing and making a castle