Design and Technology

Intent Implementation Impact

At Cowley St Laurence CE Primary School our Design and Technology curriculum is underpinned by the 3 core principles from our curriculum vision: Knowledge, Curiosity, Success

Knowledge: We use the National Curriculum guidelines to develop a rich, challenging and exciting Design and Technology curriculum where children can build upon and make connections in their knowledge, with purposeful outcomes.

Curiosity: Our Design and Technology curriculum is immersive, providing a clear context for learning and encouraging children’s curiosity and love of learning.

Success: The aim of the Design and Technology curriculum is to meet the needs of all learners, challenging them and enabling them to make progress and succeed from their starting points and in their future adult lives.

We aim to provide all children with a broad and balanced curriculum which prepares them for life beyond primary education. We encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject and encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as a team.

Our Design and Technology curriculum combines skills, knowledge, concepts and values to enable children to tackle real problems. It can improve analysis, problem solving, practical capability and evaluation of skills. We aim too, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as: mathematics, literacy, science, engineering, computing and art.

Our Design and Technology curriculum encourages children to become innovators and risk-takers, and aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • have access to a high-quality design and technology education, which makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation;
  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world;
  •  build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others;
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

At Cowley St Laurence CE Primary School, our Design and Technology curriculum and teaching intentions are implemented in the following ways:

We teach a skills-based, cross-curricular Design and Technology curriculum through a variety of creative and practical activities. We teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. The children design and create products that consider function and purpose, which are relevant to a range of sectors. Lessons are taught on a half termly basis, following our Design Frame Work of Learning in which lessons progress through: problem/big questions, research, analysis ideas, try/make and evaluate. Our curriculum includes:


•   use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose;

•   generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, diagrams, prototypes and computer-aided design.


•  select and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks accurately;

•  select 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.


•  investigate and analyze 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).

Our Design and Technology curriculum has high aspirations for all pupils, irrespective of background or starting point.


Our design and Technology Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. Children 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. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

•  reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;

•  assessment is an ongoing monitoring of understanding, knowledge and skills by the class teacher, throughout lessons;

•  assessment is then used to inform differentiation, support and challenge;

•  development of their physical skills will be evaluated against key performance indicators linked to the Design Technology Progression Document in the following areas: planning, use of materials and tools, evaluation, technical knowledge and food technology.

•  celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school;

•  pupil discussion and evaluation of learning, including analytical writing of thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work;

 moderation of pupil’s books and an opportunity for dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work and judgements.