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Design technology at swiss gardens

At Swiss Gardens Primary School we value Design Technology as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum, teaching it throughout the year alongside Art and Design. Our learning is linked to our topics as well as cross curricular themes, we aim to link work to other subjects such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art to help children make connections, aid their retention and support their learning. Key skills and key knowledge for Design and Technology are mapped across the school to ensure progression between year groups.

 Design and Technology should be an inspiring, relevant and practical subject. We encourages children to learn to think and innovate to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. Through a process of researching, designing, making and evaluating children have the opportunity to create purposeful and functional products considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values to fulfil a design brief. Through well considered contexts children are enabled to select and use a wide variety of tools and materials for example cutting, shaping a joining using construction materials, textiles and ingredients. Children have opportunities to explore and evaluate existing products and design processes and use these to shape their own designs as well as evaluating their own and each other’s work. Children develop technical knowledge including how to strengthen designs, include mechanical systems and apply their understanding of computing to program and control designs. Alongside our Science curriculum they also explore ways to process food and the nutritional qualities of products.





curriculum map

The Early Years Curriculm links to  Art and Design Technology 

In Early Years children are encouraged to explore with colour, shape and form, make choices in materials and test out their ideas. They are encouraged to use lots of different media. From chalk on the playground, to painting and drawing from observation. 

Art & DTThey safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology and art. (Expressive Arts & Design)

They handle equipment and tools effectively. (Physical)

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Making soup



People who help us




Sewing blossom trees

Foods from other cultures





Rosie’s walk

Story puppets



Year 1









Topic – Bears


Art focus – Collage, rubbings and printing, texture – adding sand to paint, weaving 


Topic – Bears


Art focus – Self portraits

(Van Gogh, Matisse, Da Vinci, Picasso)


DT focus -Bears




Topic – On the Move


Art focus – Printing and sketching wheels.


DT focus - Vehicles

Naughty bus


Lift the flap pictures

Topic – On the Move


Art focus – Colour missing


DT focus - Vehicles

Moving vehicles

Topic – Jack and the Beanstalk


Art focus – Colour mixing. 

Oil and chalk pastels.



(Van Gogh, Alfred Gockel, Vitali Komarov)

Topic – Commotion in the Ocean


Art focus – Clay sea creatures

Year 2








Topic – Castles


Art focus – Queen Elizabeth II stencil



Topic – Castles


DT focus – Sewing a bag for someone who lived or worked in a castle.



Topic - Britain and British wildlife


DT focus –



Topic – The Great Fire of London


Art focus – Habitats (Link to Science)


Animals in their habitats mixed media

Topic – Islands


Art focus – Natural pattern and form.

Pebble sculpture


(Jon Foreman and Andy Goldsworthy)

Topic – Islands


DT focus – Making a health smoothie for an island day celebration.


Year 3







Topic – The Ancient Mayas


Art focus – Self -portraits


(Andy Warhol, Rembrandt, Picasso, Van Gogh)

Topic – The Ancient Mayas


DT focus - Mayans

Chocolate box

Topic – Space


DT focus - Space

Pneumatic rockets

Topic – Space


Art focus – Van Gogh’s Starry Night

Topic – The Romans


Art focus - Mosaics

Topic – The Romans


DT focus - Drawstring bag with applique

Year 4








Topic – The Tudors


DT focus - Tudor


Topic – The Tudors


Art focus

Self-portrait in Tudor style.



Topic – Our Bodies


DT focus - The body

Clay sculpture of bodies


(Rodin, Gormley, Alison Lapper)

Topic – Our Bodies


Art focus – The body


Sketching movement of bodies (Link to PE)

Topic – Shoreham Show


 DT focus - Shoreham


Baking biscuits and biscuit boxes

Topic – Shoreham Show


Art focus

Mixed media collage of beach scene

Local artist – Jean


Weaving seascapes

Year 5








Topic - India


DT focus - Indian



Topic - India


Art focus – Tiger sketching


(Henri Rousseau, Judith Kerr, Henri Matisse)

Topic – Ancient Egypt


DT focus - Egypt

Extracting water system (levers and pulleys)

Topic – Ancient Egypt


Art focus –Egyptian death masks – form


DT focus- Egyptian Flatbreads


Topic – The Vikings


Art focus – illuminated lettering and graffiti – printing


Topic – The Vikings


DT focus - Viking


Year 6








Topic - WW2


DT focus –

Rationing recipes

Topic - WW2


Art focus – The Blitz Silhouette of London landscape

Topic – Rainforests


DT focus - Rainforests



(Georgia O’Kefee)

Art focus – Australian Aboriginal Art

Topic – Ancient Greece


DT focus - Greeks



Art focus – Henry Moore study sketching


(Henry Moore)


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