Design Technology

"Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the Human Imagination."

 Design and Technology is one of the things that sets us apart as humans. Not only are we able to use tools, but we look at these tools, imagine how we can improve them, and then make ourselves better ones. 

 At Lime Tree, D&T follows these steps. First we evaluate an existing product, then we learn a skill that will allow us to build our own. When we have built our own product, we then evaluate it again, to see how we have improved it, and if there is anything we would do differently next time. In this way children are learning to become capable, skilled inventors: The designers and innovators of tomorrow. 

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EYFS Milestones


In Nursery, children will explore different materials freely in order to develop their ideas about how to use them and what to make. Children begin to learn how to join materials together (e.g sticking with glue or sellotape) and use these to express their ideas creatively. 


What is a Recipe

How to Plan

Why we Plan

How to Evaluate

Why we Evaluate

What is a Structure

How to increase structural strength

Year 1 Milestones

Food Hygiene: Why do we wash our hands?

Healthy eating: Why is it important to eat healthily?

Lever: How can we make one? Using one pivot.

Sewing: Running stitch, Cutting accurately with scissors.

Year 2 Milestones

Using appropriate tools: Knife, chopping board.

Using appropriate fruit and vegetables: What goes well together? What is healthy?

Healthy eating: What foods are healthy? Healthy amounts of food.

Complex lever: Using two pivots to change direction of movement

Year 3 Milestones

Pneumatics: What are they used for? How are they used? How to make a simple Pneumatic system?

Sustainable ingredients: Why is sustainability important? What can affect an ingredient’s sustainability?

Axel: Why are axels used? Where are axels used? How to create an axel.

Year 4 Milestones

Pulley for powering: How to use a pulley to power rotation. Why are pulleys used?

Axel: How to create upright rotation.

Motor: How to wire up a motor

Food origins: How do food origins affect a dish's sustainability?

Year 5 Milestones

Food from different cultures: What are the similarities? What are the differences?

Staying healthy: Are all healthy foods healthy all the time?

Pulleys for lifting: How to use a pulley to reduce load.

Dye: How to use dye. 

Dye-setting: How to set/fix dye.

Year 6 Milestones

Rationing: What aspects have affected cooking historically? Using restricted ingredients

3d nets: How to create 3d objects from sheet materials

Joining: Accurately cutting joints. Ways of attaching sheet materials together strongly.

Cams: How to convert rotational movement into lateral movement.