Design Technology



At Emmanuel Junior Academy the teaching of Design and Technology promotes the development of children’s skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials. We aim for children to be inquisitive learners and encourage them to think about the bigger picture and important issues. It helps to adapt prior knowledge and skills from core subjects: Math’s, English and Science and apply these in creative and practical manner. This will ensure we provide a spiralized curriculum.

Through our teaching within Design and Technology, children develop a multitude of skills so they have the knowledge and confidence to become life-long learners and begin to form their own ideas and opinions for all aspects of their lives. Children are given the opportunity to develop, build and explore their creations’ strengths and weaknesses, using assessment strategies to propose improvements. ​We aim that the skills learnt in Design and Technology will serve children in a universal way, helping them not only in other subjects but across all forms of their lives. 


'Design is intelligence made visible' – Alina Wheeler ​


Our Curriculum has been created in line with the National Curriculum below


Programmes of Study


Intent and Implementation


Intent and Implementation


Long Term Plan


Long Term Plan


Progression Documents





Year 3 and 4 Projects on a Page


3_4 Simple programming and control

3_4 Simple circuits and switches

3_4 Shell structures

3_4 Shell structures using computer-aided design

3_4 Pneumatics

3_4 Levers and linkages

3_4 Healthy and varied diet


Years 5 and 6 Projects on a Page


5_6 Pulleys or gears

5_6 More complex switches

5_6 Frame structures

5_6 Cams

5_6 Celebrating culture and seasonality

5_6 Monitoring and control