Design and Technology Curriculum Statement

All subjects in our curriculum are designed to drive the following key areas:

  • Knowledge of the world
  • Increase subject vocabulary
  • Develop curiosity and enhance critical thinking skills
  • Build aspirations for the future

Across the school we teach DT to help to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as a member of a team. The children are given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and children are encouraged to take risks.

The National Curriculum for DT 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 a 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 to learn to cook. 

These concepts are planned and articulated in our termly planners and help pupils understand the knowledge taught.
The design and technology curriculum ensures that students design, create and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities. The children are taught to:


  • Research and develop design criteria to create functional and appealing products
  • Generate, model and communicate their ideas through conversation, annotated sketches and prototypes
  • Select their materials and tools from a wide range according to their function and qualities


  • Investigate and analyse a range of existing products
  • Evaluate their own ideas and consider how they can improve

Technical knowledge

  • Understand key events and individuals who helped shape the world technical knowledge
  • Use their understanding to stiffen, strengthen and reinforce structures
  • Use mechanical and electrical systems in their products

Cooking and nutrition

  • Have knowledge of nutrition and the principles of a healthy meal
  • Cook healthy meals
  • Understand where food comes from and how ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed

We use a variety of resources to support teacher knowledge and improve lessons:

  • Kapow lesson plans
  • Unity Trust – Atlas shared drive

Skills progression through adapting the Essentials Curriculum