Design and Technology

Our Intent:

Our intent is for children to:

  • Inspire and challenge our children, through a safe and happy learning environment, to achieve excellent standards in DT including all aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum objectives for DT.
  • Our innovative approaches are aimed at ensuring that all children, regardless of background or circumstance, are excited and engaged in learning about Design Technology.
  • To inspire our children to become independent, creative problem solvers.
  • Learning is real, relevant, and purposeful, and provides opportunities where our children develop skills to think as individuals and as part of a team.
  • For children to develop practical skills of assembling, fixing, constructing, and designing.
  • For children to have the opportunity to experience new and exciting things.
  • To support our children’s learning through nurturing relationships, resulting in confident, inquisitive learners, who ask questions and are driven to extend their own knowledge
  • To prepare and inspire children for further learning in DT in secondary school and beyond.

What does Design and Technology look like in our school?

Our Implementation:

  • In EYFS, DT is taught through a play-based approach. Children can access a wide range construction and design materials, including junk modelling, blocks, and large-scale construction items outside. Children also have access to a variety of open-ended materials, to inspire original ideas and imaginative play.
  • In school we use Cornerstones as our driver for DT, this creative and innovative approach to the curriculum ensures that design technology is delivered using high quality teaching and resources.
  • Learning is enabled by positive, nurturing relationships, which support children to challenge themselves and discover new and exciting ways to do things.
  • There are opportunities for children to learn both indoors and outdoors.
  • Children’s work evidence high expectations in DT.

The impact of our design and technology approach is:

  • Our children become resilient learners, who rise to the challenges faced in their creative work.
  • Our children will be proud of their work, celebrating as an individual and as part of a team.
  • Children will acquire practical skills such as assembling, fixing, constructing, and designing, and personal skills such as perseverance, self-belief, teamwork, and reflective practice skills, which will transfer through the entire curriculum and everyday life.

Quotes form our Children

“We designed and made our own little mini-beast hotels.”

“I like to design things that I can then make.”

“We made a robot that had moving part.”

Design and Technology Progression 

The Subject Leader is Mrs A Hall