Design & Technology: Lower Key Stage 2

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Choose your unit - Year 3 and Year 4

Kapow Primary's topics are based on the D&T Association's Projects on a Page themes, with pupils' skills and knowledge being developed across five key areas: structures, mechanisms, electrical systems, cooking and nutrition and textiles. Units can be taught within any order within the year group, as progression builds upon learning from the previous year.

Year 3

Textiles: Cushions

Learn and apply two new sewing techniques – cross-stitch and appliqué. Utilise these new skills to design and make a cushion.

Electrical Systems: Static electricity

Explore the science behind static electricity and apply this new knowledge to generate ideas for and make a static-electricity game.

Mechanical Systems: Pneumatic toys

Explore pneumatic systems, then apply this understanding to design and make a pneumatic toy including thumbnail sketches and exploded diagrams.

Digital world: Electronic charm

Design, develop a program, house and promote a Micro:bit electronic charm to use in low-light conditions.

Food: Eating seasonally

Learn about various fruits and vegetables, and when, where and why they are grown in different seasons. Discover the relationship between colour and health benefits.

Structures: Constructing a castle

Identify and learn about the key features of a castle, before designing and making a recycled-material castle (structure).

Year 4

Electrical systems: Torches

Identify the difference between electrical and electronic products. Evaluate a range of existing torches and their features, then develop a new functional torch design.

Mechanical systems: Making a slingshot car

Using a range of materials, design and make a car with a working slingshot mechanism and house the mechanism using a range of nets.

Digital world: Mindful moments timer

Explore what is meant by mindfulness and write design criteria to fulfil a brief to develop a programmed product for timing a mindful moment.

Food: Adapting a recipe

Work in groups to adapt an existing biscuit recipe, whilst taking into account the cost of the ingredients and other expenses against a set budget.

Structure: Pavilions

Investigate and model frame structures to improve their stability, then apply this research to design and create a stable, decorated pavilion.

Textiles: Fastenings

Analyse and evaluate a range of existing fastenings, then devise a list of design criteria to design, generate templates and make a fabric book sleeve.

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