These notes have been compiled to show how the Mr Watt eBooks can be used in conjunction with the 2014 National Curriculum.

These notes are ongoing work; any comments or suggestions are welcomed, and I am very happy to do Mr Watt presentation sheets that will assist your class if you let me know the specifics (for example, see the maths activity sheets prepared for Hertford Infants.)

The text is below, but please email  Jon Mills   if you would like a more user-friendly, tabled Word.doc of these notes to print out.

ks1 docs


Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
Requirement           eBook 1      eBook 2       eBook 3       EBook 4
Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria.Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate,  information and communication technology. A shed, a wheel, a tree, some glasses, a train track, a train, a submarine, your own Mr Watt (or his friend), a propellor, a runway, an airplane, an airship or flying contraption. A car, a tree, a performing animal, a bicycle for a different animal, an anchor, a machine for making somethiing, a new jumper design, a suit of armour. A pair of gates, a pair of underpants, a church, a church window, a grave -stone, a piece of pie, a knife and fork. A musical instrument, a spanner, a fly swat, a tree house, a ladder, a new kind of insect, a wheel barrow, a teddy bear, a pop-up book,
Requirement           eBook 1      eBook 2       eBook 3       EBook 4
Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics  P.48 Watch the movie  showing the different ways of joining steel.How do you cut these other materials? What tools do you need? Clay wood, paper, cloth, cake, P.48 Watch the movie showing the different ways of shaping steel.Which materials can you shape easily? Which ones sre best for keeping their shape? Clay, textile, paper, elastic, wood. P.48 Watch the movie showing the different ways of finishing or decorating steel.What would you use to colour and decorate these materials?  Oil paint, watercolour, dye, glazes, food colouring. P.48 Watch the movie showing the different ways of cutting steel.Scissors on card – compare to snips in the video, different saws for wood metal and plastics, cheese wire on clay and cheese,   hot wire through polystyrene. 
Requirement           eBook 1      eBook 2       eBook 3       EBook 4
Explore and evaluate a range of existing productsEvaluate their ideas and products against design criteria  Mr. Watt objects to explore and evaluate: Sheds; chimneys; glasses; trains; trees; submarines; chains; aircraft; pylons Cars; bicycles; anchors; brooms; hats & helmets; jumpers Church steeples; windows;  gravestones; pies; knives & forks; gates & railings; telescopes; ladders; scientific instruments; garden tools; horse shoes Spanners; musical instruments; fly swats; tree houses; wheel barrows; pre-fabricated buildings.
                                               technical knowledge
Requirement           eBook 1      eBook 2       eBook 3       EBook 4
Build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stableExplore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products. 

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