Gunness and Burringham CofE Primary School

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Our Value for this half term is Respect. "Do to others what you would have them do to you" Matthew 7:12

Design and Technology



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

Stephen Gardiner




At Gunness and Burringham Primary school, we strive to provide a broad, balanced and rich curriculum that is inclusive, engaging and exciting for all children, building resilience and acceptance of both success and failure. 

In our Design and Technology we aim:

· To ensure that pupils always “make a product with a purpose”

· To embed the six main principles of Design and Technology into the school curriculum, using the TASC wheel;

o User – pupils should consider who their products are for

o Purpose – pupils should decide which tasks their products will perform

o Functionality – pupils should think about how their products will work

o Design Decisions – pupils should have opportunities to make informed choices

o Innovation – pupils should have scope to be original with their thinking and become creative engineers

o Authenticity – pupils should design and make products that are real, believable and can be evaluated through use, with time to ‘tinker’ and make improvements to their product where necessary.

· To ensure that the National Curriculum objectives are covered and links are made to other curriculum areas where possible.




Our Long Term Plan ensures that all areas of Design and Technology are taught and allows for progression across year groups in all areas of DT (textiles, mechanisms, structures, food and electrical systems) .

It provides opportunities for our children to flourish in Design and Technology and develop wisdom with a secure understanding of the key objectives. Where possible, links are made with other curriculum areas, allowing for linked learning and consolidation of knowledge and skills through high quality and engaging lesson planning and hands on practical experiences.


Well planned and resourced STEM projects provide children with a hands-on and enriching experiences and are carried out over a block of lessons during a STEM Week,  allowing the time needed for the children to be critical thinkers, inventive engineers and reflective of their work.

STEM projects are completed using the TASC wheel to ensure that children follow a process of research, identify purpose, design, make and evaluate. 




Our children have a love for Design & Technology and a clear understanding of the process that takes place when completing a project. They make clear links between Design & Technology and other STEM subjects, with a strong understanding of the skills that are required to complete their projects. Through carefully planned and implemented learning activities, pupils are able to develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. Pupils have gained a firm foundation of knowledge and skills to equip them to be engineers of the future. 




We have secured a firm link with the local University Technical College in Scunthorpe and have worked closely with the STEM Centre in York to enrich the STEM capital within our school, allowing children the opportunity to see the work of "real life engineers"



93% of pupils enjoy Design & Technology

96% of pupils have a clear understanding of the process of researching, designing, making and evaluating a product



Watch the video below to listen to a catchy song about the purpose of engineers.



We are very proud to be part of the Enthuse STEM project (Science, Technology, Engineering an Maths) linked to the STEM University Centre in York. This is a wonderful opportunity for Gunness and Burringham to work with a local cluster of schools to share ideas and best practice. This ensures that the opportunities our children are exposed to are underpinned by the very best practice and collaborative approaches; linking science, technology, engineering and maths to provide challenging and memorable opportunities. 


We are looking forward to developing links with the local secondary schools and local businesses to allow our children to really have an understanding of Science in the wider community, this will help to contribute to high aspirations for future employment. 

STEM morning at the UTC

Year 5 and 6 spent the morning taking part in a range of STEM activities at the UTC Engineering College. This took place in some of their new Generation Net Zero classrooms.

The children split into 3 groups and rotated throughout the morning. They completed a coding task and sent coordinates to a space station. They also teamed up to complete a challenge against each other to build the best, freestanding, working wind turbine. The girls absolutely smashed this challenge!

Finally they all made their own rocket and more excitingly, launched them onto the roof of the UTC!

 It was a great morning full of team work and STEM learning! We certainly have some future engineers in the making and look forward to returning again in the new year.


A wonderful morning of baking in preparation for our Macmillan Coffee Afternoon followed by a lovely afternoon raising a huge amount of money for charity.

The children used a range of skills including weighing ingredients, using a hob to melt ingredients and even making/rolling pastry, to bake lots of delicious treats to help raise money for a very worthy cause. 





Design Technology Policy