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Design Technology Year 1

Autumn Term

This term we have been using our construction and block areas to begin to understand the DT process.

At the end of this term we are taking part in a DT project with a specific aim of making something for someone for some purpose!

DT1/1.1    Design

DT1/1.1a    design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria

DT1/1.1b    generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology

On Remembrance Day, one child wanted to make a "poppy statue" as a tribute to the soldiers who had died "to protect us". He designed the poppy, chose his materials, built and evaluated it. 

DT1/1.2    Make

DT1/1.2a    select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks

DT1/1.2b    select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics

During our water enquiry, a fish was designed and made using wooden blocks. 

Thinking about habitats of animals, a zoo was designed as a safe area for wild animals to live in this country. 

DT1/1.3    Evaluate

DT1/1.3a    explore and evaluate a range of existing products

DT1/1.3b    evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria



DT1/1.4    Technical Knowledge

DT1/1.4a    build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable

DT1/1.4b    explore and use mechanisms, in their products.


The structure was reinforced underneath to help it balance.