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St Gregory's Catholic Primary School Part of The Stella Maris Catholic Federation

Design Technology

Aims and objectives

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Pupils use creativity and imagination; they design and make products that solve real life problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and use cross curricular skills from mathematics, science, 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 their 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 for design and technology aims 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 principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Practical experiences, at the heart of the subject, need to foster positive attitudes towards overcoming problems, working collaboratively and developing a flexibility of approach. The subject serves to reinforce the notion that we do not always work towards pre-ordained solutions.



All children have the right to develop their capability in design and technology and should be taught at an appropriate level to:

  • Develop, support and value the child’s self-image of their own skills in design and technology.
  • Develop self-discipline, problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Develop powers of observation both visual and tactile.
  • Gain insight into the work of designers in a range of fields past and present.
  • Develop aesthetic awareness, through sensitivity to seeing and touching and through exploring feelings and judging critically.

Progression of skills in Design & Technology