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Design and Technology

Design and Technology  develops children's skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food. It encourages children's creativity and encourages them to think about important issues.

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation. - The National Curriculum

Intent, Implementation and Impact


Here, at Withington Primary School, we value and are dedicated to the teaching of Design Technology. We see this as a fundamental part of school life. We are committed to providing an ‘Design Rich Curriculum’ for our children. We believe that by developing this, we can contribute to the quality of our children’s lives, both within and beyond school. We see Design Technology as a means to support learning in a range of ways. The skills that are developed in these subjects can be transferred across the curriculum and thus aid learning.


As a school and in accordance with the National Curriculum’s expectations, we aim to ensure that all pupils:

* develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world

* 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

* critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others

* understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook

Class teachers are responsible for teaching Design Technology, although there will be times when professional artists/helpers will be involved in the teaching of the topic. We take every opportunity to develop links with outside agencies and experts in order to enrich our Design Technology provision.


Our children enjoy the self-expression that they experience in Design Technology. They are always keen to learn new skills and work hard to perfect those shown to them. The children’s DT is very often cross-curricular, and helps them to express themselves, as well as show their knowledge and understanding in history, geography, art and science.

Our Curriculum

Please use the links below to view our curriculum overview