Look at what we learn in technology...

In year  3 we created fossils out of clay using special tools to create patterns! Our parents came along to help us out. It was a lot of fun!


James Dyson

Name: Sir James Dyson

Born: May 2nd 1947 in Cramer Norfolk, England

Job Title: British inventor and industrial designer.

Sir James Dyson is a British inventor who invented the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner. A highly successful industrial designer and entrepreneur, he founded the Dyson Ltd. in 1993 which is a technology company that designs and manufactures vacuum cleaners, hand dryers, bladeless fans, and heaters.


Good to know: 

  • In 2000, Dyson designed a washing machine, although it wasn’t successful. He also came up with his Dyson Airblade hand dryer which today is a common sight in many public bathrooms.
  • In 2002, Dyson designed a water sculpture which was displayed at the Chelsea Flower Show. It is an optical illusion, in which several streams of water appear to be flowing uphill.
  • In 1998, Dyson was awarded the CBE medal. He has received several other awards including a 2016 Order of Merit for achievements in industrial design, and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2015.
  • The James Dyson Foundation was set up in 2002 to encourage education in design and engineering. An award is given every year to recognize a graduate in engineering or design.






Purpose of study:

Design and technology is a creative, practical and imaginative subject. It allows pupils to work with a variety of tools for cutting, joining and finishing as well as a range of kitchen equipment which is used for food technology. Children learn to use practical, electrical and computing components to design and make a number of different products. During their learning children will develop critical thinking skills, resourcefulness and presentational skills whilst they analyse and evaluate past and present designs.


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, pupils should be able to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others and should understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

At Airedale Junior School:

At Airedale Junior School, many of our technology lessons are closely tied to other subjects and the topics that the pupils study each half term. For example, in Year 3 during our ‘London’ topic, we learn about the structures and designs of different bridges. We then design and build our own models using cutting, folding and joining techniques and also develop some models using Lego! These lessons also incorporate maths and science skills to work out and test if our bridges will hold different loads, art skills to make our bridges look good and computing skills to document the process by   filming on iPad’s! Sometimes art and technology lessons are very closely linked. During the Year 6 topic on ‘Egyptians’, pupils make their own papyrus (very messy), then draw and paint hieroglyphics on it! Design and technology at Airedale Junior School is further enhanced by visitors who come into school and help us create huge scale models and designs. Year 3 build a scale model of a Stone Age round house, Year 4 tackle the making of a Viking Long-ship which is almost as big as the gym and Year 5 build the Trojan Horse from willow branches! All of these topics call upon a wide range of design and technology skills as well as lots of teamwork! Furthermore, food technology is also a huge part of our curriculum. We use our ‘Life-skills Room’ most afternoons for ‘Cook it’ lessons. We have an after school club where delicious meals are created and taken home and we even have a visit from the famous bread makers Warburtons to help us with our ‘Bread and Sandwich Snacks’ topic! At Airedale Junior School we love design and technology!

Link To Our School Policy (Design & Tech)
Link To Our School Policy (Design & Tech)