Design and Technology Year 3

When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:


Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design


Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately
Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities


Investigate and analyse a range of existing products
Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
Understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world

Technical knowledge

Apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
Understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages]
Understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]
Apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.



Understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet
Prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques
Understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.


I can prove that my design meets some set criteria.
I can follow a step-by-step plan, choosing the right equipment and materials.
I can design a product and make sure that it looks attractive.
I can choose a textile for both its suitability and its appearance.
I can select the most appropriate tools and techniques for a given task.
I can make a product which uses both electrical and mechanical components.
I can work accurately to measure, make cuts and make holes.
I can describe how food ingredients come together.


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