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. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, 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 the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

At Woodlands Primary and Nursery School our Design and Technology curriculum is split into five aspect;

  1. Design- pupils are taught to design products with a purpose, carefully considering the user and their wants and needs. They communicate their ideas through drawings and sketches, annotations, computer-aided designs and discussions.
  2. Make- From a variety of tools and components offered, pupils can select to meet their desired design and users needs.
  3. Make: Technical- to work on the technical aspects of design technology, developing an understanding of how to strengthen and stiffen structures and how to use pulleys, gears and levers to create moving parts.
  4. Make: Nutrition- An opportunity to embed good food hygiene standards, create balanced, healthy and varied diets and follow recipes accurately.
  5. Evaluate- To analyse their own and existing products. We provide an environment where children can be reflective and discuss the aspects of their product that they are proud of and aspects that they feel could be improved.

Each term pupils have DT days where they are given the opportunity to design, make and evaluate projects. This can range from cross-curricular work in Science by creating handheld torches to selecting from a range of fabrics to hand sew a waistcoat. At Woodlands we provide the opportunity for pupils to build upon their prior Design and Technology knowledge that they gain each year and offer a broad variety of projects so that pupils can use their cross-curricular knowledge to support their work. We recognise that all children have strengths in different areas and that by providing a variety of opportunities for children to express their creativity and curiosity we can foster these strengths as they develop throughout the years.

Please click on the link below to see Woodlands Design and Technology Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 long term plan.

Design and Technology long term plan November 22

Here are some images of the children engaged in their Design and Technology learning.


CuttingDesigning Building a bridge

Our curriculum is carefully designed to ensure key knowledge and skills progress in a logical and sequenced way, thus enabling pupils to revisit previously taught content and to build upon it year on year. We use carefully structured progression documents to ensure that substantive and disciplinary knowledge and skills are clearly outlined and sequenced, thus enabling the children to know and remember more, as they move through school.