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Design & Technology

Our curriculum for design and technology aims to inspire and develop pupils' practical skills, creativity and imagination. Within a variety of contexts, pupils will be given the opportunity to design, make and evaluate products that solve real and relevant problems whilst acquiring a broad range of subject knowledge and drawing on wider related disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

Pupils in Key Stage 1 and 2 are taught how to apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating during practical cooking sessions, enabling them to develop crucial life skills.  

Lessons are taught using a cross-curricular approach, although some skills may be taught discretely should they not link to the topics being taught.

Pupils will be taught:

  • To design purposeful, functional and appealing products based on design criteria and to develop their ideas through a variety of methods, e.g. templates, mock-ups, annotated drawings and computer-aided design
  • To select from and use a wide range of tools, equipment, materials and components
  • To investigate and analyse a range of existing products and use their findings to evaluate and modify their own work
  • To understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world
  • To apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce structures
  • To understand and use mechanical and electrical systems in their products
  • To prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking skills, techniques and seasonal ingredients



DT curriculum overview