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Christ Church (Erith)

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Design and Technology

Design and Technology Intent


Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. At Christ Church, the DT curriculum provides unique opportunities for all children to learn, think and to intervene creatively to solve problems both as unique individuals and as members of a team.


The DT Curriculum ensures that children are well-equipped with the technical knowledge and vocabulary to support them in the design and making of their product and ensure that they can articulate the skills that they have applied, the equipment that they have used and the choices they have made while making their product.


Wherever possible, we link work to other disciplines such as English, mathematics, science, computing and art. The children are encouraged to develop a critical understanding of design and technology’s impact on daily life and the wider world, to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world and are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers.

Autumn term


During the Autumn 2020 term, the children have been learning about designing and building structures. They have been researching existing products and exploring how to build structures and make them stronger, stiffer and more stable. The children then moved on to incorporate electrical systems and use their computing skills to program and control their working models. Some of the projects that the children completed included:

  • Designing Christmas cards.
  • Moving vehicles
  • light up Christmas decorations.

The children also learned about Cooking and Nutrition and researched how to make a healthy snack. They have been developing their techniques such as chopping, cutting, peeling and grating.

National Engineering Week February 21st- 27th 2021


For National Engineering week we are going to have a whole school challenge. There are different challenges for Reception, Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6. 


Reception- Build a model of a vehicle that could take you to the moon!

Years 1 and 2- Build a Marble Maze.

Years 3 and 4- Build a Raft.

Years 5 and 6- Build a Bridge.


Teachers will post the challenge with more information on your Google Classroom on Friday 5th February 2021. 

The competition will be open until 26th February at 9.30 and you can submit your entry through Google Classroom if you would like to enter. 

Entries will be shown on the website and you will receive a special certificate to display with pride! 


I look forward to seeing all of your fantastic engineering skills, and don't forget to check back here after the competition to see all of the great entries!