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Design Technology

 Design and Technology


Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. We encourage our children to use creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems. They will aquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering,computing and art.


Children will learn how to take risks, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they will developa critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. A high-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.




The new 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 applya repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a 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.


(The National Curriculum)




Curriculum Overview for Design and Technology


Year Group Autumn term Spring Term Summer Term
EYFS Nursery




Building out of

malleable material

Food Technology





Creating a basic

design plan

Food Technology
KS1   Year 1


Designing and

creating old

fashioned toys


Planning and

creating small

scale model houses

Food Technology
          Year 2


Making and

designing models

Moving pictures


Pulleys and pulls

Food Technology
KS2   Year 3


Packaging (Christmas)

Healthy Sandwiches Photo Frames
          Year 4


Lighting it up



Insulated drinks holder Pop-up books
          Year 5


Biscuits and




Moving Toys Musical Instruments
          Year 6


Textiles (Christmas




Controlled vehicles