Bushy Hill Junior School

Design Technology

Design and Technology (DT) is an inspiring and practical subject which encourages children to think creatively to solve problems both individually and in a team. It teaches the children the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for both planning, designing and making. At Bushy Hill we encourage the children to use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems. The children are encouraged to become innovators and risk takers through testing prototypes and evaluating their designs. We aim to  develop the children into analytical and reflective designers through the learning of skills, research and techniques within cooking, sewing and making.


On leaving Bushy Hill a successful learner of this subject will: 

  • Understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet 
  • Make  select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks 
  • Have an understanding of how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world. 
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude towards the subject and be curious to learn more
  • Produce creative work due to their acquired skills.


DT Subject report


Year Group





Knowledge: Healthy eating, Bread from around the world

Skills: Kneading

Theme: Baking - Bread from around the world 

Knowledge: Seasonality, George Washington Carver

Skills: Safe use and selection of hand tools

Theme: Planting and growing food, making bird scarers

Knowledge: Use of pneumatics, Robert Stephenson

Skills: Understand and use mechanical systems.

Theme: Pneumatics


Knowledge: Alexander Graham Bell

Skills: Understand and use electrical systems

Theme: Christmas inspired night-lights

Knowledge: Food safety and hygiene

Skills: Grating

Theme: Baking - Cheese straws 

Knowledge: Stitches, Dyson, prototypes

Skills: joining, reinforcing and decorating fabric 

Theme: Decorated holder


Knowledge: Healthy diet, different allergies

Skills: Chopping

Theme: Pizzas

Knowledge: Tim Berners Lee/Ada Lovelace

Skills: How to program a computer to control products

Theme: New - 2023

Knowledge: Embroidery

Skills: Selecting materials, selecting and using decorating techniques.

Theme: Mayan -inspired garment (for a toy) or accessory


Knowledge: Cams, Archimedes (link to History)

Skills: Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment, understand and use mechanical and electrical systems

Theme: Make a vehicle

Knowledge: Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Bridge types and history

Skills: Strengthen, stiffen and reinforce structures

Theme: Bridges


Knowledge: Chef and menu planning

Skills: Plan, prepare and cook a meal using a range of techniques

Theme: European cooking (link to Geography)