Design and Technology

Design and technology is an inspiring and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, as well as creating something that brings an idea or vision to life. The subject allows children to incorporate other subjects such as maths and science into real contexts.

Pupils learn how to take risks in their work, encouraging them to become resourceful and innovative. Design and Technology also helps children to understand different areas in the world such as physical features, cultures and history.

During food focussed DT, children understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook, linking this to Science and PSHE.

Throughout the Design and Technology learning, pupils wills:

  • Research the objective through looking at different materials, designs and methods in order to create their product.
  • Design their product to explore different outcomes such as how it may look/work/taste.
  • Create their product using tools, materials and equipment.
  • Evaluate analyse their product against their design using appropriate language, tests and assessment.

What we teach and how we teach it:

DT requires a specific teaching approach. We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in design and technology lessons. Teachers ensure that the children apply their knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning and making products and then evaluating them. We do this through a mixture of whole class teaching and individual/group activities. All ideas will be treated with respect. Children critically evaluate their own work and that of others. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources, including ICT.


Children will be given the opportunity to work within three main areas of development during each topic:

1. Investigative, disassembly and evaluative activities

These activities provide opportunities for the children to explore existing products and to gain skills, knowledge and understanding which can be applied in a design and make assignment.

2. Focused practical tasks

Focused practical tasks provide opportunities to learn and practice particular skills and knowledge.   

3. Design and make assignments

A design and make assignment provides an opportunity for the children to combine their skills, knowledge and understanding to develop products that meet a real need. (In general DMAs in Key Stage One will tend to be shorter in duration and, as children move towards the end of Key Stage Two, their designing and making will become more complex and therefore more time consuming.)

In all classes there are children of differing ability. We recognise the fact and provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child.

Design and Technology has many links with other subjects. Through units of work contributions are made to ICT, Literacy, Maths, Science Art and Design, Community Time, History, Geography and Music.



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