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company number 08411590

registered office is C/O Biggin Hill Primary School, Biggin Avenue, Bransholme, Hull, United Kingdom HU7 4RL.

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Gillshill Primary

Design Technology

Skills and knowledge

Design and Technology (D&T) develops children’s skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food. D&T gives pupils the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. We feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live and work.

Design and Technology Long Term Plan

Autumn Spring Summer
Year 1


(basic skills)

Moving pictures


Fruit kebabs


Year 2

Fire engines






Year 3

Moving cards


Healthy wraps


Viking ships


Year 4

Saxon weaves


Egyptian tomb


WW2 lamp

(electrical control)

Year 5

Exciting bedroom




Trawlers cam toy


Year 6

 Moving horse toy


Healthy meal






At Gillshill Primary School, through D&T, children complete projects, whereby they become engineers trying to solve a design brief. They investigate existing products and conduct market research in order to create success criteria and inform their design ideas. Pupils practise the practical skills needed to complete their design, learning about the principles and techniques first-hand. Ongoing evaluations help the children to consider what works and what could be improved at any point during the project. D&T encourages children to become independent, creative problem solvers and thinkers as individuals and part of a team. 

We find as many opportunities as we can to bring D&T into other areas of the curriculum, such as: STEM activities whereby children work in teams to solve a design brief and test their creations to evaluate their effectiveness; making items to sell at our enterprising annual Christmas Craft Fair and preparing and cooking meals/food linked to religions and cultures the children are studying, theme work or celebrations, such as Chinese New Year etc.

Design and Technology helps the children learn key Maths and English skills in a fun and engaging manner as it puts these subjects into context, making them easier to digest and more understandable.

Other exciting opportunities for our pupils to further develop their D&T skills include educational visits and special visitors. Children have the opportunity to visit local restaurants to learn about food preparation and cooking skills, and explore farms where crops are grown and animals are reared when learning about where food comes from. We have also had special visitors into school to talk about engineering as well as food suppliers to discuss food produce. 


Design and Technology Documents:

D&T Intent, Implementation and Impact Statements

Design and Technology Progression of Skills

D&T Policy Sept 2020