Design and Technology (DT)


Design and Technology (DT) is a practical subject. All children will have the opportunity to undertake a range of challenging, motivating, relevant and enjoyable DT activities throughout their time at St. Mary’s. This will be structured to give a sound basis for future development.


Our aims are:

  • 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.


We give children confidence in their work by providing continual support and encouragement. The children are extended in their work in a way which develops their expertise. The children are provided with the very best resources possible, while constantly reviewing this provision in the light of curriculum changes and development.



Curriculum and school organisation

We use a skills based cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning using objectives taken from the National Curriculum. We teach Design and Technology through; topic work, the art and design curriculum and four whole school dedicated DT Days throughout the school year, ensuring all children access all areas of the Design Technology Curriculum.

In the 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 Understanding of the World. To facilitate our objectives different teaching styles and methods are used as appropriate. These include small group and individual work.


Safety in Design and Technology

The safety of the children is the responsibility of the class teacher. The children are taught the safe use and correct procedure involved when using tools and equipment in a learning environment. The children are made aware of the need to be careful and to understand that their actions can affect others.

The children build up a range of skills when using equipment to reduce unnecessary risk. All staff, including helpers, are made aware of food safety procedures when working with food to minimise any risks. The children wear protective clothing if/when necessary.


Further information

For further information about DT at St. Mary’s please read our school policy:

⇒ Policy for Design and Technology (DT) – sorry this policy is currently under review – please check back soon!

GOV.UK provides documents from the Department for Education relating to the National Curriculum’s statutory programmes of study for Design and Technology. Please click the link below to explore:

⇒ GOV.UK National Curriculum: Design and Technology

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