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DT Progression of Skills

The Key Areas of Learning

There are six units of work which are revisited each year, with electrical systems beginning in KS2.  including an enterprise/ cultural capital opportunity to develop teamwork. Each unit has its own focus:

  • Food - Where food comes from, balanced diet, preparation and cooking skills. Kitchen hygiene and safety. Following recipes.
  • Textiles - Fastening, sewing, decorative and functional fabric techniques including cross stitch, blanket stitch and appliqué.
  • Structures - Material functional and aesthetic properties, strength and stability, stiffen and reinforce structures.
  • Mechanisms/ Mechanical Systems - Mimic natural movements using mechanisms such as cams, followers, levers and sliders.
  • Electrical Systems (KS2) - Operational series circuits, circuit components, circuit diagrams and symbols, combined to create various electrical products.
  • Enterprise/ Cultural Capital Opportunity - Invention challenge with scrap materials, extra-curricular trips/ visitors in school and enterprise teamwork opportunities for children to learn about D&T industries and careers.