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.

The National Curriculum, 2014

Our design & technology curriculum is designed to inspire our children’s creativity to allow pupils to solve real and relevant problems, through challenging their thinking and building resilience and confidence to make smarter, stronger and highly effective decisions. Our children engage with a range of practical contexts to understand the interlinked processes of designing, making and evaluating using a range of technical skills that are gradually built upon. Our teaching equips pupils to enhance their knowledge of the different processes involved with the design process. As they progress through the primary curriculum, they are encouraged to think critically about the importance of designing products and structures in the wider world. Through our curriculum, we explore a range of design contexts, the processes involved, the importance of food, as well as their individual role in the designing process. We have used themes to support our pupils further in making those important connections both within design & technology and also across all national curriculum subjects. We study:

  • Welcome to Yorkshire
  • Influencers
  • Treasures


We have designed a progression of skills to allow our pupils to become proficient in:

  • Applying knowledge
  • Building understanding
  • Making high-value products and prototypes
  • Critiquing & evaluating
  • Cooking & nutrition


Our entire curriculum, including Design and Technology, promotes opportunities to be Challenged, build Resilience, experience Enrichment and explore the wider World (#CREW).

Stakeholders have identified that our pupils hold certain barriers when studying design and technology. To ensure our pupils all reach their full potential, we have designed our DT curriculum with a focus on these specific barriers which include:

  • Building confidence, stamina and independence
  • Developing oracy and extending vocabulary
  • Knowledge beyond their immediate locality

DT Progression Map