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Design and Technology

Purpose of Study

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 (National Curriculum, 2014)

School Vision

At Burnt Tree Primary we will instill a love of Design Technology so that our pupils are able to express themselves creatively using a range of materials. We provide a DT curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge,   skills and understanding as set out in the Nation Curriculum. We will provide n interesting and varied curriculum that develops a curious and ambitious mind which stimulates excitement and encourages a global appreciation of DT that meets all needs, backgrounds and cultures. Due to the nature of the subject we believe that children of all abilities will have the opportunity to flourish and demonstrate their talents and imagination.

We teach our pupils to:

  • Research and design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria.
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design.
  • Select from use a wide range of tools, materials equipment to perform practical tasks.
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.
  • Investigate and analyse a range of existing products.
  • Understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world.
  • apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
  •  understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages.
  • understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]
  • apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.


To help us achieve this we:

  • Maintain strong links with the National Curriculum and develop skills and ensure progression through building upon previous learning.
  • Create links within the DT curriculum with thematic areas that provide a range of skill development.
  • Provide practical learning opportunities for pupils to experience a range of techniques including: weaving, textiles, cooking and woodwork.
  •  Follow a clear progression of skills which ensure all children are challenged in line with year group expectations.
  • Provide children with the opportunity to design, make and evaluate products with an intended purpose and user.
  • Provide a range of tools specific to each area within the DT curriculum.  
  • 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.

Useful Websites

Here are some useful websites that you can access at home. You may need to login to some of these through Wonde. Please speak to your child's class teacher if you they have lost their login details. 


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