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Design Technology

Design & Technology

Curriculum Leader: Mrs Kerryanne Buggy



At St Mary’s Catholic Academy we believe Design & Technology prepares children as ‘creative problem solvers’ who can take part in the development of their rapidly changing world. The children will develop their knowledge of design, research and develop their ideas, be visionary and inspiring, use tools, utensils and processes and evaluate the suitability and productivity of their designs.


The curriculum overview outlines progression between classes. This shows the progression of skills for the relevant subject areas: Food, structures, textiles, electrical systems and mechanical systems. Please check out our overview below.

We aim to motivate and inspire children through a curriculum that engages and challenges all learners, by encouraging them to become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens, who are prepared to take risks. We plan for children to acquire a broad range of subject knowledge, through cross-curricular opportunities e.g. mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Our curriculum is designed to deepen knowledge and develop transferable skills.


In Design and Technology, we implement an inclusive curriculum that meets the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum.

A series of exciting and stimulating lessons are planned, with clear knowledge and skills-based learning objectives and subject-specific vocabulary.

Children are encouraged to be inquisitive about the way products work. Opportunities are given to ask and answer questions, through investigating and analysing a range of existing products. This supports them to create their own design criteria. They then practise, experiment and build on new and prior technical knowledge and skills to create a prototype. Children develop their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches and diagrams, before creating their final piece. We encourage children to evaluate and refine their designs, regularly. Ownership is given to the children, through their choice of materials, components, tools and equipment, to fulfil the product’s design criteria. In addition, children are taught where food comes from, the importance of a healthy and varied diet and how to prepare a nutritional dish.

There is a weekly 1 hour lesson in DT.

Teachers assess learning in Design and Technology against knowledge and skills-based learning objectives within unit overviews. Our curriculum is delivered through highly effective ‘quality first teaching’. When possible, enrichment opportunities, including cookery clubs, provide our children with rich experiences and enhance teaching, learning and knowledge.  We introduce children to DT in EYFS, exploring different materials, how things can be joined together and exploring different foods. 

Our Design and Technology curriculum promotes children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development, ensuring that they are reflective and responsible citizens. Fundamental British Values are actively promoted in Design and Technology lessons in order to prepare the children for life in Modern Britain.


Our well-planned Design and Technology curriculum ensures that children are knowledgeable and highly-skilled designers, who understand how to design and make ‘high quality’ products that solve real-life and relevant problems.

Through the breadth and depth that our curriculum offers, children become confident, independent and resilient creators, who are passionate and inspired by the subject, including having a love of cooking and nutrition

Our Design Technology curriculum

At St Mary's we have identified that D & T does not follow a linear process. The curriculum needs to enable a constantly evolving learning process where children are able to generate ideas, create prototypes, investigate existing products and evaluate throughout.


We take inspiration from the D&T Association, using their 'projects on a page' to form the basis of our planning. Each project involves practical application of the skills with meaningful and interesting contexts.

Design and Technology National Curriculum

Design and Technology Progression of Skills