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Design and Technology



We encourage children to use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Pupils are encouraged to consider their own and others’ needs, to ensure their designs are appropriate for the intended user and purpose. We aim to, wherever possible, link projects to other curriculum areas such as Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Computing, and Art. Children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology and are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers.




Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an interactive process of designing, making and evaluating. Pupils have the opportunity to work in a range of contexts to design and make projects that include, mechanisms, structures, textiles, food, and electrical components. During the ‘design’ stage children will research and develop design criteria to inform the making of functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose and aimed at particular users. Children are encouraged to develop their designs by generating and communicating their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional diagrams, prototypes and computer-aided design. During the ‘make’ stage of the process pupils will develop their technical skills by selecting and using a wide range of tools, materials, and equipment to perform practical tasks accurately. Finally, pupils will be taught to evaluate by investigating and analysing a range of existing products and designs and comparing these with their own. Pupils will also learn about how key individuals and events have shaped the world of Design and Technology. 




Pupils will:

  • Enjoy their work in Design and Technology and high expectations allows all pupils to achieve their best.
  • Use technical vocabulary accurately.
  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise and skills needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • Develop and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills to design and make high-quality products for a wide range of users and purposes.
  • Build and develop their design and technology skills within and across each year.
  • Learn to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
  • Design and make a range of products.
  • Develop a critical understanding of how Design and Technology has impacted on daily life and the wider world through evaluating past and present Design and Technology.
  • Show competences in improving their resilience and perseverance by continually evaluating and improving their work.
  • Learn to reflect on their progress towards mastering key skills in Design and Technology.
  • Produce displays that reflect and celebrate their achievements in Design and Technology.