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Design Technology

Design Technology 



At Butleigh C of E Primary School it is our intention for all pupils will develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. They will build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users. They will critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others. All children will understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook. All classes will take part in a cooking session once a year and DT will be often linked to topic and to the science curriculum. All children will be involved in textile projects through school and will know how to use sewing skills by the time they leave primary school.


We aim for our pupils to be designers who can:

  • Be original and to take creative risks to produce innovative prototypes.
  • Have an excellent attitude to independent learning.
  • Use time effectively and work constructively wth others.
  • Carry out research, ask questions and find out the ‘user’s needs.
  • Use a thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use.
  • Apply maths and scientific principles.
  • Manage risk well and to manufacture products safely and hygienically.
  • Show a passion for knowledge of up to date technological innovations in materials, products and systems.





All children study DT regularly through each term. DT alternates with art. All children are supported in their understanding through the use of resources and technology.  DT is sometimes linked to ICT for example designing products for the 3D printer using CAD. Sometimes DT is linked to science eg forces and cams. Often DT links with the overall topic eg ‘Make do and mend’ WW2 slippers.


We follow the objectives set out in the National Curriculum for each Key Stage.


In learning DT, pupils are taught to master the practical skills required. Then they need to

Design, Make, evaluate and improve. They need to take inspiration from throughout history.


They design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria.

They develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology.

Make - they select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing] They select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics

Evaluate - they explore and evaluate a range of existing products and evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria.

Technical knowledge - they build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable They use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products.

In KS2 electric systems are used in their designs as well as the use of computing to programme, monitor and control their products.

A more in depth knowledge of cooking is required, linking to healthy diets and seasonality of foods.




Children will learn how to plan, make and evaluate a range of different products or recipes. In addition, the children will gain a deeper understanding of the health and safety skills that are needed when working with design equipment or cooking equipment. They will be able to work safely in a kitchen environment and use tools to create a product.





Butleigh Church of England Primary School - "pupils enjoy learning at this school"