Design & Technology


DT is taught to pupils as a discreet subject in years 6, 7 & 8. In Design and Technology at Maiden Beech, pupils are given the opportunity use their creativity and imagination to design and make a variety of products. They are encouraged to draw on a range of skills to ensure they produce a quality product that fits the given brief. High expectations are a key feature of the DT department and the pupils are surrounded by examples of excellent work as well as being challenged with competitions.

Module Map

This is the programme of learning over the academic year for this subject.

Year 5

TermTitle
AutumnPupils in Year 5 do not receive specialist DT lessons.
Pupils in Year 5 do not receive specialist DT lessons.
SpringPupils in Year 5 do not receive specialist DT lessons.
Pupils in Year 5 do not receive specialist DT lessons.
SummerPupils in Year 5 do not receive specialist DT lessons.
Pupils in Year 5 do not receive specialist DT lessons.

Year 6

TermTitle
AutumnResistant Materials - Block-Bot!
Design Brief: To design and make a Robot from blocks of wood. You will learn about health and safety hazards and precuations using hand tools and machinery such as the pillar drill and disc sander when constructing your Block-Bot.
AutumnFood + Nutrition
Design Brief: To make a selection of different food dishes both sweet and savoury and learn about food health and hygiene, seasonal foods, how to have a balanced diet using the eatwell guide as well as focusing on literacy and numeracy skills, putting them into context.
SpringSystems and Control / Engineering - Dragster Project
Design Brief: In groups you will be designing a logo for your dragster and a team name. You will be working together as a team to make the chassis, attach the wheels and pulley system, solder the motor and components to make the circuit, vacuum form a shell and design it with your groups choice of graphics. You will then race your Dragsters against other teams in your class and year group in a race day at the end of the project.
SummerGraphics -Drawing and Designing Project
Design Brief: To learn how to use a range of different drawing techniques to make objects look 3D and more realistic.
SummerArchitecture - Structures Project
Design Brief: To Design and Make a phone stand considering different graphics to improve the aesthetics. To learn about different structures and thier functions and how they are made.

Year 7

TermTitle
AutumnGraphics - Emoji door hanger project
Design Brief: To make a emoji themed door hanger with packaging and learn about different forms of advertisement. Health and safety using hand tools and machinery such as the pillar drill and disc sander.
AutumnResistant Materials - Tea-light holder Project
Design Brief: To design and make a tea-light holder, which will be used as a table decoration for Christmas.
SpringGraphics - Clock face Project
Design Brief: To Design and Make a clock face to suit a room in your home. Extension: To make a clock face inspired by a particular subject to use in classrooms at school.
SpringTextiles - Door stop project
Design Brief: To design and make an animal inspired door stop from fabric. Focusing on dying fabrics, using a sewing machine to stitch a seam, attaching fabric together by appliqué and using different types of stitches by hand.
SummerMechanisms - Mechanical Toy Project
Design Brief: To design and make a Automata toy for a child, operated with a CAM mechanism.
SummerFood + Nutrition - Cafe project
Design Brief: To design your own cafe looking at different elements of a business and cooking a range of different food dishes from your menu.

Year 8

TermTitle
AutumnAll about DT!
Design Brief: The aim of this project is to learn about a wide range of different Design and Technology aspects that are important within the subject.
AutumnResistant Materials - Bird box project
Design Brief: To design and make a bird box constructed using a dovetail joint and decorated so that will blend in with its natural surroundings.
SpringStationery Holder
To design, make and evaluate a stationery holder with different compartments to hold a range of different stationery and equipment.
SpringTextiles - Ugly doll Project
Design Brief: To design and make an ugly doll from fabric. Focusing on dying fabrics, using a sewing machine to stitch a seam, attaching fabric together by appliqué and using different types of stitches by hand and learning how to stitch a button correctly..
SummerFood and Nutrition - Mmm food!
Design Brief: To make and evaluate a range of different food dishes and learn how to use a range of different utensils, equipment and processes.
SummerSystems and Control - Torch Project
Design Brief: Design and make an LED torch constructed by soldering a variety of electronic components together to form a working circuit.

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