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Design and Technology

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. 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 and enterprising. Through evaluation of past and present design and technology, pupils develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. 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 for all pupils to: –

  • 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


You can read the 2017 National Curriculum for KS1 & KS2 Design and Technology in the document above.

Deep Learning Week – Design and Technology Focus

In Reception we learn about;

  • using a variety of tools safely and with control, for example scissors, small hammers, pens, pencils, paintbrushes etc
  • using tools to change materials and effects
  • constructing with a purpose in mind
  • colour mixing and exploring textures
  • exploring a healthy and unhealthy diets and the impact on our bodies

In Year 1 we learn about;

  • basic principles of healthy and varied diet, preparing treats to sell at the christmas fair
  • designing and making a toy
  • exploring and evaluating exsisting products

In Year 2 we;

  • further develop basic principles of healthy and a varied diet
  • use this knowledge to prepare healthy dishes to try
  • design a purposeful, functional and appealing product