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Design & Technology (DT)



All teaching of DT should follow the design, make and evaluate cycle. Each stage should be rooted in technical knowledge. The design process should be rooted in real life, relevant contexts to give meaning to learning. While making, children should be given choice and a range of tools to choose freely from. To evaluate, children should be able to evaluate their own products against a design criteria. Each of these steps should be rooted in technical knowledge and vocabulary. DT should be taught to a high standard, where each of the stages should be given equal weight.

The key skills we teach the children are:

  • Sewing and textiles
  • Cooking and nutrition
  • Electrical and mechanical components
  • Pneumatics
  • Using different materials
  • Moving parts and mechanisms – e.g. levers, sliders, cams and axels


By the time children leave our school they will:

  •  An excellent attitude to learning and independent working.
  •  The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.
  •  The ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an
    exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.
  •  The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials
    carefully and working safely.
  •  A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
  •  The ability to apply mathematical knowledge and skills accurately.
  •  The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.
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