St Mary's

Catholic Primary School

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Design and Technology

What is Design and Technology?


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.


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.



Our Statement of intent:


Design and Technology involves the application of knowledge and skills when designing and making products and helps to prepare children for the developing world. The activities undertaken will enable our children to consider the needs of individuals and of society within the context of a caring community. The subject encourages children to use a range of materials and processes and to become creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. We aim to ensure that the activities undertaken in St Mary’s Catholic Primary School will impact on the children’s local environment and support them in the wider world to become discriminating and informed consumers and potential innovators. It should assist children in developing a greater awareness and understanding of how everyday products are designed and made. We strive to effectively deliver the National Curriculum for Design and Technology and to promote the subject through planned Design and Technology lessons and within other subjects through cross-curricular activities.


At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School we endeavour to;
- develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making.
-To foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making.
- To provide a range of structured and appropriately-differentiated activities which develop a breadth of experience and progression in skills. Where possible, these will relate to the interests and everyday experiences of our pupils.
-To develop knowledge and to teach skills in order to assist in the design and making of products successfully.
- To develop the children’s knowledge of tools and to encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures.
-To help children become aware of and to investigate simple products through disassembly and evaluation.
- To provide adequate time frames, access to information, skills and resources in order to develop an effective, useful and appropriate end-product.
- To enable children to talk about how things work, and to draw and model their ideas;
-To provide equal opportunities for access to tools and skills and to develop the qualities, aptitudes, skills and intelligences of individual pupils.
-To use ICT to assist our designing and learning.



At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we dedicate a full term to design and technology. Lead by the innovators teams, we ensure that the curriculum for Design and Technology is well organised and delivered effectively so there is a clear route of progression throughout the school.

In Design and Technology, Teachers enable children apply their knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning and making products and then evaluating them. All ideas will be treated with respect.  Design and Technology learning in the EYFS takes place within Understanding of the World and Expressive Art and Design and is based on the Early Years Outcomes Guidance for EYFS. The Design and Technology programme of study (for KS1 and KS2) is divided into 4 main areas:

Pupils will design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria that are fit for purpose and aimed at particular groups or individuals. Pupils will generate, develop model and communicate their ideas through discussions.
Pupils will select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks. They will select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics and functional properties.
Pupils will explore, evaluate, investigate and analyse a range of existing products. They will evaluate their ideas and products again design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.
Technical knowledge
Pupils will build structures, explore how they can be made stronger and apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce structures. They will explore and use mechanical systems in their products. In KS2 they will understand and use electrical systems in the products.


Planning for KS1 and KS2 is organised in line with the frame work for Design and Technology as set out by the National Curriculum 2014. Planning in Nursery and Reception is based on the Early Outcomes documents for the EYFS. To promote positive attitudes to Design and Technology we provide the children with purposeful first hand experiences, practical lessons, a range of teaching styles and the advantage of the use of ICT (microscope / IWB / video / DVD as well as all the other resources available in school).



Through learning the principles of design and technology in conjunction with other areas of the curriculum (Science/Maths/Computing etc.), pupils will develop their own capacity for individual excellence. Through individual and team endeavours, they will learn the necessity of clear planning, effective/efficient production, collaboration with others, self and peer-evaluation and flexibility. It will also provide them with opportunities to use computing skills in a range of practical applications.

These skills will have a clear impact on their ability to function in the world of work at a later stage of their lives as well as in the classroom and local community.

Additionally, they will learn to be resourceful and pro-active in everyday problem-solving situations through knowledge of the importance of flexibility of approach and through listening to the ideas of others. They will come to understand that they must take into consideration the function of the product and its users. Throughout the course of a project, they will be able to consider the implications of their choices of materials and, thereby, engage meaningfully with the Reduce, Re-use, Recycle agenda.

The effective deployment of this subject will equip our children with the key skills of project-management, teambuilding and a sense of pride in their creativity. They will become more pro-active, more able to lead and more practical in their thinking and solving of problems that affect society.



Progression of Skills