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Design & Technology

At St Louis Catholic Primary, children receive a design and technology curriculum which allows them to explore and express their creativity through designing and making. The children are taught to combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make a product. Skills are taught progressively to ensure that all children are able to learn and practice in order to develop as they move through the school. Evaluation is an integral part of the design process and allows children to adapt and improve their product; this is a key skill which they need throughout their life. D&T allows children to apply the knowledge and skills learned in other subjects, particularly maths, science and art. Children will learn basic cooking skills in D&T. Children’s interests are captured through discrete D&T lessons, as well as making links to class topics, giving children motivation and meaning for their learning.

We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. All teaching of D&T follows the design, make and evaluate cycle.

Each stage is rooted in technical knowledge, with the design process rooted in real life, relevant contexts to give meaning to learning. While making, children are given choice and a range of tools to choose from. To evaluate, children are given the opportunity to evaluate their own products against a design criteria. D&T is taught to a high standard, where each of the stages are given equal weight.

The key skills we teach the children are:

  • sewing and textiles
  • cooking and nutrition
  • electrical and mechanical components
  • using materials

Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability or additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be.

More details on our Art & Design Curriculum (Please click the links below to access the documents)

Design & Technology - Intent

Design & Technology - Curriculum Coverage 

Design & Technology - Progression