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St Mary's Catholic Primary School

St Mary's Catholic
Primary School

Design Technology

Statement of Intent

At St Mary’s, we aim to provide a DT curriculum that fully explores this practical subject.  We 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. We encourage developing DT skills by working both as members of a team and as individuals. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, computing and art. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness.   Our students are encouraged to see that DT skills are useful life skills, eg cooking, construction, circuits.

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” –Steve Jobs

The Subject Leader for Design and Technology (DT) is Lesley Mudd

Threshold Concepts

Threshold concepts are the ‘big ideas’ that shape students’ thinking within each subject. The same threshold concepts will be explored in every year group and students will gradually increase their understanding of them.

  • Master practical skills

    This concept involves developing the skills needed to make high quality products (we have highlighted a range of skills but they may be added to or changed as appropriate for your school).

  • Design, make, evaluate and improve

    This concept involves developing the process of design thinking and seeing design as a process.

  • Take inspiration from design throughout history

    This concept involves appreciating the design process that has influenced the products we use in everyday life.

DT Curriculum