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 Design and Technology 


Subject lead: Mr Simpson


Purpose of study

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils 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.



Design and technology is a practical subject.

We aim:

  • To prepare pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies.

  • To provide opportunities for all the children to design and make quality products.

  • To provide children with the opportunity to explore food and cooking techniques along with healthy eating and environmental issues within food production.

  • To develop design and making skills, knowledge and understanding to the best of each child’s ability; using and selecting a range of tool, materials and components.

  • To become creative problem solvers as individuals and members of a team. - To be able to use computing in conjunction with the Designing and Making process.

  • To develop an ability to criticise constructively and evaluate their own products and those of others.

  • To help the children develop an understanding of the ways people in the past and present have used design to meet their needs. To reflect on and evaluate such techniques, its uses and effects.

  • To prepare the children for living in a multi-cultural society by teaching consideration for other culture which will be both important and beneficial.



The Catchgate Curriculum has been organized through drivers and each half term different subjects are the main drivers of the half term. Design technology will be delivered weekly throughout year 1 and year 5 by the subject lead. In year 6 the class teacher will deliver the lessons. 




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