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Westover Green Community School and Autism Centre

Design Technology

Intent Statement

At Westover Green we aim to inspire our learners through offering a rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, our pupils will design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Our pupils will learn how to take risks, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

We aim to ensure that 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.


In EYFS the children have the opportunity to access DT skills through play daily. They use a range of materials and build on their social skills to solve problems.

Year 1

Autumn Term

In the Autumn term, Year 1 studied The Great Fire of London. The children researched fire carts that were used in that day and created their own models using different materials.

Year 2

Autumn Term

In Autumn term, the children made bags to keep their books safe when travelling to and from school. They designed their bags and practiced the running stitch before assembling them. They were very proud of what they had created!

Spring Term

This term the children in Year 2 designed and made a fruit salad. They learnt how to chop their fruit safely and assemble their salad to look appetising.

Year 3

Autumn Term

In the Autumn term, Year 3 learnt all about life in the Stone Age and especially the types of shelters that Stone Age people may have lived in. They designed and created some shelters of their own both in the forest and in the classroom using clay and sticks. They had to make sure the shelters were strong and durable!

Year 4

Spring Term

In the Autumn term, Year 4 created their own scenes from a popular story using Stop Animation. This program allowed them to create characters and settings and make minor movements to bring them to life.

Spring Term

In the Spring term, Year 4 have made sails for their Viking long ships by learning the running stitch. They practices their stitch before using this new knowledge to join 3 pieces of material together to make their sail. They all created individual designs to make sure their sails were unique to their ship.

Year 5

Autumn Term

In the Autumn term, Year 5 made a Greek gryos as part of the Ancient Greek topic. They researched where their ingredients came from and their seasonality. They learnt the claw and bridge method to chop their ingredients safely before heading to the forest to cook the halloumi and flat bread. Everyone enjoyed trying the finished product, it was delicious!

Spring Term

During Spring Term, Year 5 baked a range of cakes to sell on Red Nose Day to raise money for the charity. They researched and designed what their cakes would look like, followed a recipe to bake them and sold them to the school. The cakes were delicious!

In the Spring term, Year 5 also made tote bags using the running stitch. They researched their sustainability before practicing the stitch they would be using. They then used Miss Berry's sewing machine to join the sides of their bags together. Finally, they used fabric pens to copy their design before taking them home.

Year 6

Autumn Term

In the Autumn term, Year 6 used their knowledge from their Mexico topic to make the traditional dish Picadillo. They researched their ingredients before heading out to the forest to cook their stew.