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Design and Technology

The Curriculum Intent for D&T can be summarised in these ways:

  • A learner-centred teaching approach. Use of DRICE to ensure learners deepen thinking, learning is role modelled appropriately, pupils are challenged and engaged.
  • Using the Building Learning Power approach, our pupils will explore opportunities to question their likes and dislikes of Design and Technology, collaborate with their peers, revise and question their own designs and persevere  to create our own masterpieces. 
  • Encourage  analysis, problem solving, practical capability and evaluation skills.
  • To,  when possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art
  • To encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values
  • Learn the principles of nutrition, healthy eating and how to cook.


Here at St James' through a variety of creative and practical activities,  from the Kapow scheme of work our children will be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in a repetitive, progressive process of designing and making in a range of contexts to meet the end of Key Stage one expectations.

There are four main areas which we cover:

  • Design – Children will be expected to be able to design purposeful, functional and appealing products for themselves and other users based on a design criteria. They will be able to generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-up and, where appropriate, information and communication technology.
  • Make – Children  are given opportunities to select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks (for example cutting, shaping, joining and finishing). They are able to select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients according to their characteristics.
  • Evaluate – This allows our children to explore and evaluate a range of existing products as well as evaluate their own ideas and products against design criteria.
  • Technical knowledge – Enabling our children to build structures and explore how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable. They will explore and use mechanisms (for example levers, sliders, wheels and axles) in their products.


Food technology is delivered as part of DT and we implement a healthy lifestyle curriculum using resources from Phunky Food programme as well as Kapow scheme of learning..  As  part of our work with food, we teach our children how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. They use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes and understand where food comes from.

Design and Technology is taught using a cross-curricular approach with identified skills showing progression.

Our Design and Technology subject leader is Mrs Joanne Cocksedge.