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Design and Technology

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject.  Our Design and Technology curriculum encourages children to learn, to think and to intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team.  We want to open our children's eyes to the world of design around them and inspire them to be the designers of the future!

Our Design and Technology Curriculum centres around the three key areas: design, make and evaluate. Skills are taught progressively to ensure that all children are able to deepen knowledge and develop skills as they move through the school.  We encourage our children to see themselves as designers looking for solutions for real life problems.  To achieve this, each design task set is based around a context which is relevant and relatable to our pupils. 

We ensure that our curriculum enables the children to achieve the aims of the National Curriculum for Design and Technology:

  • To develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.  
  • To 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.  
  • To critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others. 
  • To understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook. 

Evaluation is an intrinsic part of the design process and allows children to adapt and improve their product.  This is a key skill which they need throughout their life that also develops their ability to be innovative thinkers and effective risk-takers.

The Design and Technology provision at St Elizabeth’s also makes viable links to other curriculum areas such as Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Computing and Art and Design. Through cross-curricular links we are able to provide motivation and increased meaning to the child’s learning as well as embedding knowledge and skills from other curriculum areas.

Click here for more information on the Design and Technology National Curriculum