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

Design Technology

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.


In all areas of Design and Technology the children are encouraged to consider the effectiveness of their designs and requirements of the product. Every child will have the opportunity to learn and extend their understanding, experience and application in the use of technology, including I.C.T, in as wide a variety of situations as possible. 



  • To deliver programmes of study for Key Stages 1 and 2 of the National Curriculum in Design and Technology;
  • To develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making;
  • 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, products, and their manufacture, and their contribution to our society;
  • To foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing, creating, inventing and making.

Design Technology Curriculum


The Design Technology Curriculum contains two strands of subject content:


Design and Making:


Each Design and Technology project should include elements of:

  • Designing
  • Making
  • Evaluating
  • Technical knowledge


Cooking and Nutrition:


Pupils should be taught to:

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


Curriculum Coverage


Each class should undertake at least three Design and Technology units per year.


One of these must be a Food project and the other can be selected from:

  • Textiles
  • Structures
  • Mechanisms (KS1)
  • Electrical or Mechanical Systems (KS2) 


Design Technology  Projects are included on the yearly plans for each year group, and are linked to class topics where ever possible.



Progression of Skills in DT

Testing the strength of boats