Design & Technology (DT)


Our curriculum intent


For children to: 

  • be engaged, inspired and challenged;
  • develop a love of learning, and for some a special passion for design and technology;
  • work confidently within a range of contexts, such as the home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment;
  • be equipped with knowledge and skills to experiment and create their own products with design and technology;
  • know how to prepare and cook a variety of dishes;
  • learn how to think critically, evaluate and improve their own design and technology work;
  • learn about inventors, designers, engineers, chefs and manufacturers who have developed ground-breaking products;
  • use a ‘project-based’ approach when learning can be blocked to foster deeper engagement;
  • keep themselves safe when using practical and online resources



Key skills and knowledge for Design and Technology 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 where possible, makes relevant links with other subjects. Design and Technology lessons are often also taught as a block, so that children’s learning is focused throughout each unit of work.

Our D&T curriculum provides children with opportunities to explore the design process:

  • Consider the problem
  • Research
  • Learn the specific skill
  • Design
  • Make
  • Evaluate

Children are also able to experience a wide range of media as well as children develop a wide range of practical life skills, vocabulary and resilience.


Children develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently. They learn how to take risks, being inspired to think independently and develop creative, procedural and technical understanding through their designing, planning and practical activities. We encourage our children to develop their thinking skills within a range of contexts, to become practical problem solvers who can work creatively and innovatively on each new project.

DT Progression Overview