Design and Technology

D&T Vision

For Parkhill pupils to know that their ideas are valued and that they can have an impact and contribute to our society. They will learn how design and technology has been used in the past and that their ideas could well be used in the future. As we provide fun and exciting projects that will inspire them to use their imagination and creativity, they will make and use links with other areas such as maths, computing, science and art to develop their ideas further. They will enjoy discovering and using a range of tools and materials to bring their ideas to life; building on skills as they progress through school. We will enthuse and excite our pupils as they make links with their own world and experiences. Children will feel proud of what they have designed, made and cooked!

Aims of D&T

  • To investigate, test, self-evaluate and peer assess finished products against the design criteria (Articles 2 & 3).
  • To focus on building and developing particular aspects of knowledge, understanding and skills in practical tasks (Articles 17, 29 & 31).
  • To design and make high-quality prototypes and products for ‘something’ and ‘some purpose’ using a range of tools and equipment (Articles 23 & 32), materials and components.
  • To understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook (Article 28).

Quotes about D&T at Parkhill

Year 3:

‘I have really enjoyed creating my poster which included the lever mechanism. It was a little difficult to join certain parts to the card however, I used the pins and secure them to the card carefully. It was exciting to link our English and D&T lesson together as got the chance to combine our ideas’–  Hafsa 3H


Year 4:

‘My favourite lesson was when we had our whole class picnic! It was amazing to learn the importance of eating a healthy and balanced diet and what effect it can have on our body. I am looking forward to reflecting on what I have learnt and exploring how I can incorporate more healthy food within my packed lunch!’-  Aftab 4S



Year 5:

‘Planning and baking the bread was my favourite part.  I ensured my bread roll was visually appealing and was soft. I really enjoyed baking the bread at home and then bringing it in to school to eat it with my friends’- Luca 5N


Year 6:  

A pulley is a mechanism that is used to make things move in different directions. In class, we are using pulleys to make our own motorised vehicles. The pulley will create movement.’Esam 6W