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Year 3

Year 3 pupils will develop the skills and knowledge of food and nutrition by designing and making their own sandwiches. They will explore mechanical systems by investigating vehicles and they will learn more about product design while creating a photograph frame.


By the end of Year 3 most children should:


  • Investigate existing products, identifying strengths and weaknesses to formulate ideas and develop specific design criteria

  • Be able to design a product for a specific user or purpose, describing the wants and needs of their targeted audience

  • Use ICT to explore design possibilities, e.g. creating logos and packaging

  • Explore different design ideas and decide which idea to develop

  • Measure, mark out and cut materials safely and with some degree of accuracy, using chosen equipment safely

  • Explore how to make structures stiffer and stronger and more stable

  • Explore and construct axles and wheels

  • Talk about their designs as they develop and identify areas for development

  • Talk about changes they have made during the making process, referring to the design criteria

  • Understand that a healthy diet is made up from a variety and balance of different foods and drinks

  • Prepare simple savoury dishes safely and hygienically using a heat source where appropriate. Use a range of techniques such as chopping, slicing, grating, peeling, mixing, combining and spreading

  • Begin to know how food is grown, reared and caught in the UK and the wider world