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Design and Technology

Subject Lead: Mrs. Joanne Hodder


The main aims of our DT policy are:

  1. We aim to develop problem solving skills in pupils and to prepare them to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies.
  2. To provide opportunities for all the children to design and make quality products through challenging, motivating, relevant and enjoyable projects.
  3. To provide children with the opportunity to explore food and cooking techniques along with healthy eating and environmental issues within food production.
  4. 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.

We use a skills based cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning using objectives taken from the National Curriculum. We plan the activities in design and technology so that they build upon the prior learning of the children. We give children of all abilities the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding and we also build planned progression into our whole school plan and rolling programme, so that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school. Both support and challenge are provided through teacher’s choice of task and questioning, and further support is given where needed via both additional resources and / or staff or groupings.  

 DT will often be planned in weekly sessions within a half-term block but may also be covered over several days / full days in a blocked approach. Where possible we use local experts and or environment / amenities / services to support / inspire children.

In Early Years Foundation Stage, Design and Technology is an integral part of topic work, relating aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, and Expressive Arts and Design. To facilitate our objectives different teaching styles and methods are used as appropriate. These include small group and individual work. To meet the requirements of the National Curriculum it is essential that each teacher carry out the following Design Technology activities over the 2 year rolling programme; -

Mechanisms - Textiles - Food - Structures.

Design and Technology Policy and Documents

The links below allow you to access our Design and Technology policy, a project plan and a school progression document that supports the planning and development of teaching and learning in design and technology across the school.