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St Teresa's Catholic Primary School

Design and Technology

"Design is a funny word. Some people think design is how it looks. But of course, if you look deeper, it's really how it works." -   Steve Jobs     


Our Aims

At St. Teresa’s Primary School, we value Design Technology as it prepares children for the rapidly changing world. We aim for it to be an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject where 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. Pupils will acquire a wide range of subject knowledge and draw on other disciplines such as mathematics, science, computing and art. They will learn how to take risks, become resourceful and innovative. They will evaluate past and present design and technology, whilst developing a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.


Design Technology at St. Teresa's


At St. Teresa’s the children following the EYFS curriculum have rich, exploratory experiences through high quality continuous provision.  The development of children’s design and making supports their imagination and creativity. Children take part in carefully planned adult led design and technology activities that help the children to learn new skills. They also have access to a wide range of materials and tools which they can explore and select from.


We use the KAPOW scheme of work for Design Technology to cover the key areas of:

  • Structures
  • Mechanisms
  • Food
  • Textiles
  • Electrical systems (Y5/6)
  • Digital technology (Y5/6)


In KS1 and KS2 each area of design technology is covered throughout a two-year cycle so the children are taught 3 or 4 units of Design and Technology per year. Pupils are taught the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to engage in the process of designing and making through a variety of creative and practical activities.


Please see the curriculum overview document for more details of the curriculum intent, implementation and impact.


Design & Technology Long Term Overview

Design & Technology Knowledge and Skills Progression