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Design and Technology

Design and Technology at Central Primary School


The vision at Central for Design and Technology is to prepare children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. It encourages children to think creatively and work as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas, and eventually making products and systems. Through the study of design and technology pupils combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as of functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts. Design and technology helps all children to become discriminating, informed consumers and potential innovators. 

The objectives of teaching design and technology are:

  • To develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making things;
  • To enable children to talk about how things work, and to draw and model their ideas;
  • To encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures;
  • To explore attitudes towards the made world and how we live and work within it;
  • To develop an understanding of technological processes and products, their manufacture and their contribution to our society;
  • To foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making things.

We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in Design and Technology lessons, linking each unit to History, Geography or Science units taught throughout the children’s time at Central. The principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding of design and technology. 

Teachers ensure that the children apply their knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning and making products, and then evaluating them. We do this through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual or group activities. 

Within lessons, we give children the opportunity both to work on their own and to collaborate with others, listening to other children’s ideas and treating them with respect. Children critically evaluate existing products, their own work and that of others. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources.

In all classes children will be working at different levels of ability in relation to Design and Technology. These are accommodated in the planning through carefully differentiated tasks and the use of support. Where pupils have additional needs we cater for these through our planning and through the use of adult support. 

Please find more information about the units the pupils learn from the Curriculum Overviews on the class pages.

Class pages with links to the Curriculum Overviews
Nursery Reception Year 1 Year  2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 SLCN base Forest

Please take a look at our Curriculum policy to see more details.

Further information in the National Curriculum.

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