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Striving for




Design & Technology

At Thurcroft Junior Academy we pride ourselves in getting the children to engage in the world around them through our Design Technology curriculum. We ensure that we give the children time to design, make and evaluate at all times in order to deeply explore their work and taught concepts/skills. Our curriculum enables children to ask questions and gain answers via enquiries and experimenting, which enables the children to become fully engaged and engrossed into their learning. Through our curriculum we strive to give the children the understanding of uses and implications of design and technology in our world today and in the future. 

The National Curriculum for Design and Technology aims to ensure that all 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.

The ACET Long Term plan outlines the topics each year group will study.


  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 3   Mechanical Systems - Levers and Linkages Food - A healthy and varied diet     Structures - Shell Structures
Year 4 Electrical Systems     Food - A healthy and varied diet Textiles - 2D shape to 3D product  
Year 5   Textiles - combining different fabric shapes Mechanical systems - pulleys and gears     Food - celebrating culture and seasonality
Year 6   Food - celebrating culture and seasonality   Structures - Frame Structure   Electrical Systems