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CofE Junior School

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Design and Technology

What is the intent of our Design and Technology curriculum?

Our Design and Technology curriculum offers a coherently planned sequence of lessons ensuring that children have the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills required in the National Curriculum.

Design and Technology at St Margaret’s Church of England Junior School aims to inspire children through a broad range of practical experiences to create innovative designs which solve real and relevant problems within a variety of different contexts. The intention of our curriculum is that it builds resilience in our children and enhances their independence skills.

Children are encouraged to identify real and relevant problems, critically evaluate existing products and then take risks and innovate when designing and creating solutions to the problems. Time is built in to reflect, evaluate and improve on prototypes using design criteria throughout to support this process. Opportunities are provided for children to evaluate key events and individuals who have helped shape the world, showing the real impact of design and technology on the wider environment and helping to inspire children to aspire to become the next generation of innovators.   


How do we implement our Design and Technology curriculum?

At St Margaret’s Church of England Junior School, we implement our Design and Technology curriculum through a thematic approach using a variety of teaching and learning styles within lessons. Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. We do this through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual / group activities. In addition we focus on developing children’s communication and language skills through technical vocabulary, but also the ability to explain and evaluate orally and in written form.

To ensure that pupils are not limited by their life experiences, all children will access an age related curriculum regardless of their starting point. Technical vocabulary will be explored in each lesson and children will be encouraged to be resilient and independent during Design and Technology.

When designing and making, the children are taught to:


  • use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups.
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design.


  • select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks (for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing, as well as chopping and slicing) accurately.
  • select from and use a wider range of materials, ingredients and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties, aesthetic qualities and, where appropriate, taste. Working together to be the best that we can be.


  • investigate and analyse a range of existing products.
  • evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.
  • understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world.

Technical knowledge:

  • apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures.
  • understand and use mechanical systems in their products.
  • understand and use electrical systems in their products.
  • apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products
  • Understand some of the ways that food can be processed and the effect of different cooking practices (including baking and grilling).

How do we assess the impact our Design and Technology curriculum?

At St Margaret’s Church of England Junior School, we assess the progress of all children at the end of each unit. Through effective implementation of our Design and Technology curriculum, our children will:

  • Be able to test, critique and evaluate their products and ideas as well as those of others.
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
  • Develop a good knowledge, understanding and appreciation of a range of materials and how they have multi-purpose uses.
  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make products for a wide range of users.
  • Have a clear enjoyment and confidence in Design and Technology that they will then apply to other areas of the curriculum.
  • Become more independent and resilient


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As part of the D & T Curriculum, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

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