Children’s Designing

Sarah Deeley
2003, Vol. 8, No. 1,


Following a design and technology specialist module as part of the third year of my BA (Hons) primary education at the University of Central England, this paper reports on and examines my findings concerning children’s ability to design. Part of the module involved working with a class from each key stage at a local primary school. As a group of five design and technology specialists, we planned and taught units from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) scheme of work over four lessons. The topics that we covered were:

• Year 3: structures, unit 3D photograph frames

• Year 2: textiles, unit 2B puppets.

We were based at a Roman Catholic primary school, which is a beacon school for design and technology. The school is well-resourced, and the children are enthusiastic about their studies.

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