Curriculum Statement – Design and Technology



At All Saints’, we believe that the teaching and learning of Design and Technology (DT) is essential to prepare our pupils for the modern world. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of design and technology, as well as their safe use of tools and equipment. Our DT curriculum enables children to develop their creativity and imagination as pupils design, make and evaluate products in a variety of contexts. They will also acquire subject knowledge and skills that draw upon other areas of their learning such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Our children will be encouraged to take risks and become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable pupils. Through the teaching of Design and Technology, we will show children the best inventions both past and present, and encourage them to develop a critical understanding of the impact of such inventions.



At All Saints’, DT is taught in designated lessons, as well as being linked to other opportunities across the curriculum including core subjects, as well as during across the wider curriculum. It gives the children opportunities to bring their learning to life and be creative throughout their day. Design Technology is taught in half-termly topics, alternating with Art throughout the year through a variety of creative and practical activities. Key skills and knowledge are mapped across each Year Group to ensure appropriate skills progression. Our children are taught to design, make, evaluate and develop their technical knowledge. Cross-curricular outcomes in Design and Technology are specifically planned for and strong links are made with Maths, Science and the Computing curriculum in order to contextualise the learning for children to achieve a deep understanding.



At All Saints’, 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. Assessment outcomes will be utilised to inform future planning and teaching, ensuring effective progression.
  • Have a clear enjoyment and confidence in Design and Technology that they will then apply to other areas of the curriculum.
Design Techniques
The Year 6 children have been developing their design techniques. After creating their prototypes for their gas masks, they have been experimenting with the material of mod-roc. This week, they tested several techniques for decoration, including crayons, felt-tips, tissue paper and paint.  After testing each technique, the children then evaluated how well each one worked on the dried mod-roc, the testing of each technique will be used to determine ways of decorating their finished gas maks. Next week, we will be starting to create the base for our masks. 
Designing Gas Masks
In our DT lessons, we are currently designing our own gas masks, which is linked to our new World War 2 History unit. So far, we have designed our masks and considered what materials we will be using. In our last lesson, we learnt what a prototype is and created our own prototype of our gas masks. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be continuing to experiment with different materials and will consider possibilities for decoration. 

DT - Furnishings

This half term in year 6, our DT topic has involved looking at furnishings – specifically designing and making their own cushions. We have looked at cushion designs and what makes a cushion functional or aesthetically pleasing. The children practised with different types of stitching, such as: running stitch, back-stitch, zig zag stitch, over stitch and blanket stitch.  As well as practising different ways of decorating fabric, such as, using thread and sewing, adding buttons, bows, tassels, ribbons or frills, or adding different shapes of fabric.