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Design Technology

Year 5 Design Technology

Design Technology at Thorpe House School incorporates aspects of Systems and control, Resistant materials, Graphics and Textiles. Within all these areas of study we also have links to physics, science, maths and ICT.  The aim of lessons in Years 5 to 8 is to provide a broad and balanced overview of the subject through a mixture of practical and theoretical tasks, as well as prepare pupils in order to make an informed choice about opting for Design Technology in year 9.


The subject is taught by the Head of Design Technology in the school’s DT Workshop. Each pupil has access to the equipment such as a selection of machine tools as well as hand tools within their practical lessons.  They are also provided with access to laptops that allow access the various software used within the DT curriculum that assists in various design tasks as well as programming of integrated circuits.

Autumn Term

Alternative Energy (RM)

Air Powered Buggy
Product research
Polymers (plastics)
Understanding instructions
Application of knowledge

Practical Task

Air powered buggy using recycled plastic bottle and manmade boards (ply MDF)

Spring Term

Practical Task

Make a variable light using batteries and VR and LEDs
Variable light – Electronics
Resistor colour chart
Resistor identification
Ohms law
Variable resistors(potentiometer)
Batteries(aaa AA C D PP9)
Voltage (1.5 3 4.5 6 9)
Cell/ Battery
Circuit connectors 

Summer Term

Hovercraft (Graphics, RM, Electronics)

Product research
Product evaluation
Design feature
Packaging nets
Graphic presentation
Circuit diagrams
Instruction sheets
Connector blocks
Wiring (Positive Negative)

Practical Task

Hovercraft using card nets and electronic components to manufacture a hovercraft

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