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Designers at All Saints’ explore for themselves, make choices and find solutions to problems along the way…inventing for the future!


Design & Technology Curriculum Statement

Designers at All Saints’ explore for themselves, make choices and find solutions to problems along the way…inventing for the future!

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. At All Saints’, we encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other curriculum areas such as maths. English, science, computing and art. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers.


Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. The children work in a range of relevant contexts (for example home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment).

When designing and making, the children are taught to:


  • use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design


  • select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks (for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing) accurately
  • select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities


  • investigate and analyse a range of existing products
  • evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
  • understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world

Technical knowledge

  • apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
  • understand and use mechanical systems in their products
  • understand and use electrical systems in their products
  • apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products

We ensure that children:

  • 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 and 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. Children will design and make a range of products. A good quality finish will be expected in all design and activities made appropriate to the age and ability of the child

Children learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.


DT Throughout 2019-2020


Visitors to School Term/Date

Year group(s) /class(es) involved


Curriculum links

Impact of visitor


4th September 2019


Mr Pountain: judo commonwealth silver medalist!

DT: Cooking and nutrition

Design and make a healthy salad for an athlete!


Science: balanced diet


PE: Promoting engagement with competitive sport

The children had a real purpose to design and make a healthy salad, they were completely engaged with the project. Seeing Mr Pountain at the commonwealth games eating the winning salads was a real motivation for the children


15th October 2019


Prags. Educasian

DT: Cooking and nutrition

Exploring seasonality and culture through food


Science: balanced diet


Geography: food distribution

The engagement from the children with the project was clearly evident. The children experienced foods that they had never tasted before and made decisions about what they liked and didn’t like in creating their own savoury meal using wide ranging skills to do so.


15th November 2019

Beech and Sycamore

Rob Musker, LCC DT consultant

DT: Technological knowledge: understand and use electrical systems in their products

Making nightlights


In the spring term every class will invite parents to join them for a DT afternoon so that children can 'show off' their DT skills and parents can work with children to develop and evaluate products that they make. 

Dates for each classes DT parents' 'stay and learn' session will be shared via Dojo with plenty of notice.


Sycamore class will be inviting parents into their DT sessions on the afternoons of the 3rd and 4th February 2020.