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Design Technology

Design Technology Programme of Study : National Curriculum - Design and technology key stages 1 to 2 (publishing.service.gov.uk)


Design Technology is a practical subject in which the children at Roade Primary School are taught to use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of topic-based contexts, considering their own and other’s needs, wants thoughts and opinions.  The curriculum will develop an acquisition of knowledge and skills with each session encouraging the children to learn to think and contribute creatively to problems working independently and as part of a team. Where possible cross curricular links to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, computing and art will be made. To enable the children to become innovators, enterprising and resourceful. They will be encouraged to be creative and take risks, explore, investigate and experiment in order to innovate and discover. The children will also be given opportunities to learn about, reflect and evaluate past and present design and technology in order to develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.


Design technology is taught as part of our topic-based work where appropriate. Through a variety of creative and practical activities the children are taught a progression of knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making. Each term the children across the school design and create products which consider function and purpose, which are relevant to a range of sectors in the wider world. (e.g. the home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry.) Each year group focus on either a construction, textile or cooking and nutrition design and technology project each term and follow the design process of ‘research- design- make- evaluate.’ A progression of key design and technology vocabulary is introduced each lesson.

When designing and making, the children are taught to:


  • use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups.
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, drawing, templates, mock ups, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and where appropriate computer-aided design.


  • select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately.
  • select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities.


  • explore, investigate and analyse and evaluate a range of existing products
  • evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
  • understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world

Technical knowledge:

  • build structures, exploring and apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
  • explore, understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for example, sliders, wheels, axles, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages]
  • understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]
  • apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.

At Roade Primary School we believe that learning how to cook is a crucial life skill, which enables children to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and later in adult life. Each year group across the school engages in learning about cooking and nutrition during one term. During these sessions they are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.

The children are taught to:

  • use, understand and apply the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes.
  • Understand where food comes from.
  • Prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savory dishes using a range of cooking techniques.
  • Understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

Key skills and knowledge for design and technology has been mapped across the school within the curriculum map below to ensure the progression of skills and knowledge throughout the children’s primary school education. At Roade Primary School design and technology lessons are taught as a block so that children’s learning is focused throughout each unit of work.


Whilst at Roade Primary School the children develop an enjoyment and confidence in design and technology, they gain the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently to enable them to participate and contributes successfully in an increasingly design and technology orientated world. They have the knowledge, skills and understanding to design and make high quality prototypes and products for a target user and the skills to critique, test and evaluate their own ideas and the products and work of others.

The children understand the principles of nutrition and learn the basic skills of cooking. At Roade Primary School the children learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable individuals. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop an understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.