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Design Technology

At Richard Coates CE Primary School, we value Design Technology as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. 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. It is a real chance to allow pupils to demonstrate our school motto “Let your Light Shine” where all pupils will have access to high quality, real-life experiences where they can flourish.


Design and Technology prepares children to deal with tomorrow's rapidly changing world. It encourages children to become independent, creative problem solvers and thinkers as individuals and part of a team.  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.


At Richard Coates CE Primary School, Design Technology is taught in all year groups through at least one topic per term, and includes one topic relating to food. Design Technology projects are often made cross curricular to set a context and relevant purpose for the learning. However the skills and knowledge taught in DT lessons are planned for following the “Progression Framework” from the Design and Technology Association and based upon the National Curriculum.


Aims and Objectives

  1. To deliver programmes of study for Key Stages 1 and 2 of the National Curriculum in Design and Technology 

  2. To develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making. 

  3. To enable children to talk about how things work, and to draw and model their ideas. 

  4. To encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures. 

  5. To explore attitudes towards the made world and how we live and work within it. 

  6. To develop an understanding of technological processes, products, and their manufacture, and their contribution to our society. 

  7. To foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making.