The Projects on a Page scheme of work was introduced in 2014 to help primary schools in England implement the National Curriculum for D&T in an imaginative way. Based on universal principles of effective teaching and learning in D&T, it is also a valuable resource for schools in other parts of the UK and further afield.
This scheme of work has been developed by the D&T Association’s Primary Working Group in association with D&T primary consultants. It comprises 21 A3 size project planners that give scope for teachers to use their creativity and professional judgment, whilst ensuring the quality, integrity and rigour of children’s learning.
Each planner has 20-step planning guidance and accompanying teaching tips and techniques, a glossary, an example of iterative design appropriate to the project, and practical advice on using resources, useful sketches and diagrams in a helpsheet format to support teachers delivering the project in the classroom. Also included are suggestions on class organisation, links to resources and a glossary of technical terminology related to the project. A guidance booklet shows how to use the planners to full effect and the context in which they should be used.
Year 1/2 Mechanisms - Sliders and levers
Year 1/2 Structures - Freestanding structures
Year 1/2 Food - Preparing fruit and vegetables
Year 1/2 Textiles - Templates and joining techniques
Year 1/2 Mechanisms - Wheels and axles
Year 3/4 Mechanical Systems - Levers and linkages
Year 3/4 Mechanical Systems - Pneumatics (NEW)
Year 3/4 Structures - Shell structures using computer-aided design (NEW)
Year 3/4 Electrical Systems - Simple programming and control (NEW)
Year 3/4 Textiles - 2-D shape to 3-D product
Year 3/4 Food - Healthy and varied diet
Year 3/4 Structures - Shell structures
Year 3/4 Electrical Systems - Simple circuits and switches
Year 5/6 Food - Celebrating culture and seasonality
Year 5/6 Textiles - Combining different fabric shapes
Year 5/6 Structures - Frame structures
Year 5/6 Electrical Systems - More complex switches and circuits
Year 5/6 Mechanical Systems - Pulleys or gears
Year 5/6 Mechanical Systems - Cams (NEW)
Year 5/6 Textiles - Using computer-aided design in textiles (NEW)
Year 5/6 Electrical Systems - Monitoring and control (NEW)
Levers and Linkages and Pneumatics provide alternative ways of teaching Mechanical systems at Year 3/4, as do Cams and Pulleys and Gears at Year 5/6. The two Electrical Systems planners focus on the Crumble microcontroller. Full guidance is given in the accompanying booklets showing how to use the planners to full effect and the context in which they should be used.