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Design Technology

Design and Technology

Core Essence: Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject encompassing a broad range of subject knowledge such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. It aims to instil a love of cooking which will open doors to one of the great expressions of human creativity.

Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.


Key Questions: Design and Technology

  • What is your design criteria?
  • How will you communicate your ideas?
  • How will you justify the tools / materials / resources you have chosen?
  • How could it be improved?
  • What skills have you used?
  • Where / what does the food that you have chosen come from? (understanding seasonality of food)

Essential Key Skills:

  1. Use and understand a range of equipment and materials
  2. Participate in practical activities
  3. Identify and develop a range of processes and techniques to investigate, design and evaluate
  4. Understand and use a wide range of skills in all areas of the curriculum
  5. Building independence and resilience through risk taking.


Using and Applying English/Maths in Design and Technology:

English – Speaking and Listening – Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion either individually or in groups (collaboration)

Writing – Instructions; reports (non-chronological); labels and diagrams; persuasive writing i.e. advertisements; recipes and ingredients

Maths – number, calculating (budgeting / money), estimating, and geometry – patterns, reflection, tessellation

Measurement - quantities in cooking (scales / cooking / measurement), time.

Computing – Computer aided design to program, monitor and control their products.