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Design Technology

Design Technology Curriculum Statement

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. At St Monica Primary, we encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers.

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. The children design and create products that consider function and purpose and which are relevant to a range of sectors (for example, the home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment).

When designing and making, the children are taught to:


  • use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups.

  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design.


  • select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks (for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing, as well as chopping and slicing) accurately.

  • select from and use a wider range of materials, ingredients and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties, aesthetic qualities and, where appropriate, taste.


  • investigate and analyse a range of existing products.

  • evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.

  • understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world.

Technical knowledge:

  • apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures.

  • understand and use mechanical systems in their products.

  • understand and use electrical systems in their products.

  • apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products

  • Understand some of the ways that food can be processed and the effect of different cooking practices (including baking and grilling).

Key skills and key knowledge for D and T have been mapped across the school to ensure progression between year groups. The context for the children’s work in Design and Technology is also well considered and children learn about real life structures and the purpose of specific examples, as well as developing their skills throughout the programme of study. Design and technology lessons are also taught as a block so that children’s learning is focused throughout each unit of work.

We ensure the children:
• 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 and 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. Children will design and make a range of products. A good quality finish will be expected in all design and activities made appropriate to the age and ability of the child.

Children 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.

End of Key Stage Expectations

At the end of EYFS we want our children to know/understand:

By the end of early years we want our children to be able to manipulate materials to create a planned effect and to construct with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources. Our children will be able to use appropriate tools competently. Children will evaluate their work and adapt based on their decision. Children will safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function

At the end of Key Stage 1 we want our children to know/understand:

By the end of Key Stage 1 we want our children to have had experience using a wide range of materials and tools to create based on a criteria. This will be designed to their own standard with appropriate material choices made. These will be purposeful and functional using a range of tools and equipment. The children will be able to evaluate a range of existing products and use this to shape their own designs, and adjust their final product with the same standards. The children will have a basic understanding of healthy and varied diets, including where food comes from.

At the end of Key stage 2 we want our children to know/understand:

By the end of Key Stage 2 we want out children to develop a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users, across a range of different mediums. They will be able to apply technical knowledge that they have developed to improve their work independently. Children will use their understanding to critique, evaluate and test the work of themselves and others. The children will understand the importance of nutrition learn how to cook simple, healthy meals.

St Monica Primary School

Bay Road Sholing, Southampton SO19 8EZ

023 8039 9870