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Primary Academy

Design and Technology (DT)

We aim for children to leave Year 6 with the knowledge, skills that will enable them to be creative individuals as they grow.  

Our aims for Design & Technology link closely to our wider Curriculum Intent – see the table below. 

Skills are taught progressively to ensure that all children are able to learn and practice in order to develop as they move through the school. Evaluation is an integral part of the design process and allows children to adapt and improve their product, this is a key skill which they need throughout their life. D&T allows children to apply and revisit the knowledge and skills learned in other subjects and links are made to provide a clear purpose to their learning. 

Children will be given a range of experiences including; mechanisms, textiles, food technology, structures and electrical systems (in Keys Stage 2). The DT curriculum has been structured to support children to be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. As children progress through the school, the DT curriculum allows them to build upon prior knowledge and skills, giving them opportunities to apply them to a new context. In order to prepare them for their future DT teaching will also support the children to develop key learning behaviours: resilience, risk taking, resourcefulness, relationships and reflection. 

The 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 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.