The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook

Key stage 2
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be taught the
knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing
and making. They should work in a range of relevant contexts [for example, the home,
school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment].
When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:


  • use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design


  • select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately
  • select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities


  • investigate and analyse a range of existing products
  • evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
  • understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world

Technical knowledge

  • apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
  • understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages]
  • understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]
  • apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.

Year 4 food technology

Last week, Year 4 had a delightful picnic as part of our Design and Technology curriculum. This term, we have been exploring healthy eating, dietary requirements, and foods from around the world. As part of our curriculum, the children learned about different food groups, nutrition, and how to prepare balanced meals. They thoroughly enjoyed preparing a variety of healthy snacks for the picnic and sharing the experience with their parents. It was a wonderful opportunity for the children to apply their knowledge and skills in a fun and interactive way.

Year 4 DT

The Y4 staff would like to thank the parents for supporting the making of the Art Bots today as part of the DT curriculum. We had fantastic parental support and we could not have made 120 Art Bots in 90 minutes without your help, so thank you. Parent comments were very positive:

“ I had a great time with the children and the teacher, it was a great lesson.”

“ Excellent session, very interactive, caters for children of all abilities. The teacher led the session very well and more sessions like this would be beneficial, I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

“It was wonderful.”

“I really enjoyed helping my child to build her Art Bot.”

Y6 Shelters

Y6 made Anderson shelters as their DT project this term, linking to their history topic. Well done Y6 – you showed lots of skill and creativity in design.

Year 6 Stem Day September 2022

Uplands welcomed Mr Abdulattif and four Year 11 students from Madani Boys School to lead a STEM day. The children had a fantastic day and learned so much.

The structure of the day can be found here:

After School Cooking Club

Last week in cooking club children enjoyed making pizzas. They discussed the ingredients used to make pasta sauce and were able to add toppings of their choice.