Gillas Lane Primary Academy and Nursery, Seaton Avenue, Houghton Le Spring, Sunderland, DH5 8EH

0191 500 5956

Gillas Lane Primary Academy and Nursery

Proud to be part of Aim High Academy Trust

"Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design."

Stephen Gardiner  

Design Technology

Our Design Technology long term plans ensure a continuous progression of skills and knowledge throughout Gillas Lane. Children know more, remember more and can do more in each of the Design Technology key areas; Structures, Mechanisms & Mechanical Structures, Electrical Systems (KS2), Cooking & Nutrition, Textiles and Digital World (KS2). 

Within each key area, the development of the core skills (design, make, evaluate) is detailed to ensure that progression is logical, achievable and builds on what has been taught with an eye to what is to come next.

Here are our long term plans for Design Technology.

Design & Technology Milestones

Our Design & Technology Milestones contain both the substantive and disciplinary knowledge needed to understand the threshold concepts.

Substantive Knowledge

  • Knowledge of design contexts, e.g. electrical systems, structures, food & nutrition, textiles
  • Knowledge of materials, tools and techniques
  • Knowledge of specific designers - historical and contemporary
  • Knowledge of specific design and production concepts

Disciplinary Knowledge - thinking like a designer or an engineer or a manufacturer etc

  • investigating
  • exploring
  • practising
  • designing
  • making
  • evaluating
  • improving