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Design & Technology

The importance of Design and Technology

Design and technology (D&T) prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. They learn to think and intervene creatively to improve the quality of life.

The subject calls for pupils to become independent and creative problem solvers both as individuals and as members of a team.

They must look for needs, wants and opportunities, responding to them by developing a range of design ideas for making products and systems. In their designing and making, pupils combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues and function. 

As they do so, they reflect on, learn from and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects.

Teaching and learning

D&T activities are taught in a variety of ways across the school, sometimes in blocks of taught time, as part of a topic, or in short skills-based activities.

D&T has relevance across the curriculum and links with other subjects; science and art and design, in particular, are identified in the units of work.

D&T activities are planned to ensure continuity and progression by building on the specific knowledge skills and understanding contained in the subject profile. Appropriate units of work have been planned using a combination of topic work and the QCA scheme of work.


Assessment and recording

Assessment is based on a combination of teacher assessment and pupil self assessment.

Continuity and progression

Design tasks provide both continuity and progression.  Consolidation of the skills, knowledge and understanding in D&T is carried out by its use to support learning in other subjects, such as literacy, numeracy, science and art.


Teachers provide differentiated resources for each task, with extension activities for the more able. Additional classroom support, ICT programmes and appropriate tools and equipment are provided to ensure that all pupils have sufficient access to the D&T curriculum.

The curriculum

Planned activities are designed to enable pupils to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding, being taught through:

· investigating and evaluating a range of familiar products, including how they work and how well they work;

· focused practical tasks that develop a range of techniques, skills, processes and knowledge;

design and make assignments where the pupils use a range of materials.

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