Year 5 Design and Technology

Parkfielders will be taught the full coverage of the KS1 and KS2 Design & Technology curriculum and this is categorised into five content areas: Structures, Mechanisms, Electrical Systems (KS2 only), Cooking and Nutrition and Textiles.

There are then four strands that run through each topic: Design, Make, Evaluate and Technical Knowledge.

Autumn Term

Pop Up Books (Mechanisms)

Pupils use a range of mechanisms and construction techniques to create a pop up story book for younger children.

  1. To design a pop up book
  2. To follow my design brief to make my pop up book
  3. To use layers and spacers to cover the working of mechanisms
  4. To create a high quality product suitable for a target user

National Curriculum Objectives

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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]
  • 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

Spring Term

Stuffed Toys (Textiles)

Pupils learn blanket stitch and then design and make 3D stuffed toys.

  1. To design a stuffed toy
  2. To sew blanket stitch
  3. To create and add decorations to fabric
  4. To use a blanket stitch to assemble the components of a stuffed toy

National Curriculum Objectives

  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussions, 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
  • Apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen, and reinforce more complex structures
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work

Summer Term

Bridges (Structures)

Pupils explore and experiment with a range of different bridge structures, forces and components involved in bridge building, before designing and making their own to test to destruction.

  1. To explore how to create a strong beam
  2. To build a spaghetti truss bridge
  3. To build a wooden bridge structure
  4. To improve and reinforce a bridge structure

National Curriculum Objectives

  • 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 and prototypes
  • Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks
  • Select from and use a wider range of materials, components and construction materials according to their functional properties and aesthetics
  • Investigate and analyse a range of existing products
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
  • Apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures