Design and Technology

Purpose of Study

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.

Aims of the National Curriculum

The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • 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

We teach our pupils the process of designing, making and evaluating products in a range of relevant contexts. Pupils in Key Stage 2 create sketch books to record their observations and ideas. We aim to inspire pupils with a real appreciation for design and technology and its application in modern life through first hand experiences with local galleries, designers and technicians.

Click on the link below for an overview of the Design and Technology Long Term Plan:

Design and Technology National Curriculum

Design and Technology Long Term Plan 17-18