Being an Engineer

Being an Engineer

Design Technology at Blackhorse Primary


Intent (what we aim to achieve):


Champion Engineer at Blackhorse builds creative, technical and practical skills and knowledge in order to design, make and evaluate products that solve real-world problems. They learn to use tools effectively and safely to make increasingly complex structures, including mechanical, electrical and computer systems. A Champion Engineer also uses the skills and knowledge of the Horticulturalist and Cook:
  • A Champion Horticulturalist understands and masters the practical skills needed to grow plants, including those that can be used for food.
  • A Champion Cook at Blackhorse understands what makes a healthy diet. They can use a variety of techniques to cook their own meals.


Implementation (what we are working on this year):


Engineering skills are developed over time through the following enquiries:


Y1 – What is my hat made of?

Y2 – What could my classroom be made of?

Y2 – How will we get around in the future?

Y3 – How can you feel the force?

Y4 – How can we switch off?

Y4 – What is the difference between noise and sound?

Y5 – How can science help the homeless?

Y5 – What do forces actually do?

Y6 – Who were the greater engineers, Ancient Britons or Victorians?


Key skills of designing, making (cutting, shaping, joining & finishing) & evaluating are returned to and developed annually.


Engineering is also taught within the enrichment curriculum: Survival School (Forest School cooking & construction in nature); Engineering (bicycle engineering and electric car construction; Farming (horticulture); Cooking (creating a range of meals, using produce from the school farm where possible).

Impact (how we will know if we've been successful
We know that we have created champion engineers if children can:
    • Confidently demonstrate the skills needed to cut, shape, join, and finish a range of materials to create high-quality products.
    • Critically evaluate products and suggest improvements.
    • Recall key knowledge relating to mechanical and electrical systems; and background knowledge relating to engineers through history.


Head Engineer: Simon Botten (Headteacher)

Head Horticulturalist: Simon Evans (P/T Horticulture Teacher)

Engineers in action: