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Design and Technology

At Ledbury Primary School our aim is to prepare pupils to take part in the development of tomorrow's rapidly changing world. Creative thinking encourages pupils to make positive changes to their quality of life. The subject encourages pupils to become independent and creative problem-solvers.

The new 2014  National Curriculum for DT is now in two strands – designing and making, and cooking and nutrition. So plenty of food for thought in the coming year and beyond.


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.


One main change in the 2014 Design and Technology curriculum, across all key stages, is the emphasis on cooking and nutrition.

As part of their work with food, pupils will be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity.

Try out these fun ways of being creative with food.

 Project idea for all children to try:

Collect some sticks and design a gift for a friend or family member. You could paint them, make a decoration or a fun toy.

Bring in your creation or a photograph of it, so we can upload and display your design to inspire others.  Here are some ideas to get you started...

Tricks with sticks


Try out this simple project to help our feathered friends.

 Assemble an apple bird feeder.

This core activity is easy to complete and is bound to make your bird-loving friends green with envy.


You will need an apple, a corer, sunflower seeds, three relatively thin sticks and some string.

Make an apple bird feeder - Step 1

Carefully remove the core from the apple, preferably by using a corer. You may wish to get an adult to help you with this.

Assemble an apple bird feeder - Step 2

Push the sunflower seeds into the top half of the apple for the birds to eat.

Assemble an apple bird feeder - Step 3

Make perches for your birds by pushing one stick into either side of the apple, near the bottom. Again, if this is too tricky, get an adult to help you. Take care when holding a stick too, particularly if other people are around!

Assemble an apple bird feeder - Step 4

Tie the string around the last stick and thread it through the core of the apple.

Assemble an apple bird feeder - Step 5

Once you have made your apple bird feeder, tie it onto the branch of a relatively sturdy tree in your garden or green space, and wait for the birds to descend!

Assemble an apple bird feeder - Step 6

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