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St Mary's Catholic Primary School

St Mary's Catholic
Primary School

Design Technology

DT Curriculum


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, e.g. cooking, construction, circuits.

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


The DT curriculum is clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum.

Each year groups undertakes a construction, textile and food topic.

Each project will follow the research, design, make and evaluate cycle.

Pupils will be taught a range of skills ensuring that pupils are aware of health and safety issues related to the tasks undertaken.

Clear and appropriate cross curricular links will underpin learning and life skills. Pupils will be enabled to apply skills in hands on situations with a purposeful context.

In DT pupils may be asked to solve problems and develop their learning independently. This allows the pupils to have ownership over their learning in DT.

Pupils will have opportunities to work in pairs and groups, learning to support and help one another towards a challenging yet rewarding goal.


Pupils will ultimately know more, remember more and understand more about DT, demonstrating this knowledge when using tools or skills in other areas of the curriculum.

Pupils will have clear enjoyment and confidence in DT, that they will then apply to areas of the curriculum.

The large majority of pupils will achieve age related expectations in DT.

As designers’ pupils will develop skills and attributes they can use beyond


Threshold Concepts for DT:

  • 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.