Design Technology


“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like.  Design is how it works.”

Steve Jobs

“Any science or technology that is sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic.”

Arthur C. Clarke

“Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, 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. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.” [National Curriculum 2014]

Why is Design Technology important at St. George’s?

Design and Technology at St. George’s seeks to inspire children to be innovative and creative thinkers who have the appreciation of the entire design process through design, make and evaluate. We want children to develop the confidence to take risks, through drafting design concepts, modelling, testing and to be reflective learners who evaluate their own and others’ work. We want our children to have an awareness of the impact that Design and Technology has on our lives and encourage children to become resourceful, enterprising citizens who will have the skills to contribute to future design advancements.

What does Design Technology look like at St. George’s?

At St. George’s Primary School, we value Design Technology as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. We have bought into the KAPOW schemes of work for DT where Design and Technology is taught through a variety of creative and practical activities. Pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding, skills and vocabulary needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. We engage our children through activities which involve investigating and evaluating existing products, focused tasks in which children develop particular aspects of knowledge and skills and then designing and making in which the children design and make ‘something’ for ‘somebody’ for ‘some purpose’. We ensure that the teaching of Design and Technology at St. George’s supports the social development of our children through the way we expect them to learn with each other.

 Design Technology Overview

DT National Curriculum coverage

Mixed age Art & Design & Design Technology Progression

Mixed age Long term  Art & Design and Design Technology