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St Giles Church of England Primary School

Design and Technology

Design and Technology at St Giles


At St Giles we have shaped our design and technology curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Design and Technology: 

  • 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.


We aim for a quality design and technology curriculum, where the children use their creativity and imagination and learn how to take risks.  We aim to provide the children with engaging opportunities to design and make products that solve real problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.   We aspire to create resourceful, innovative and enterprising children who can work as individuals and as part of a team. 

We will:

  • Teach design and technology as an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject.
  • Teach a varied and balanced design and technology curriculum, which enables the progression of skills and extends knowledge and vocabulary each year.
  • Support our children in developing a critical understanding of design and technology and its impact on daily life and the wider world.
  • Where possible, link design and technology work to topics and other disciplines, such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.
  • Aim to instill a love of cooking in our children and promote a healthy, varied diet.


In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in Design and Technology, we are implementing a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. 

  • Staff follow the knowledge and skills progression document for Design and Technology to plan for the year and ensure progression within each year group.
  • Learning is adapted to make it as accessible as possible for SEND pupils.
  • Teaching follows the design, make and evaluate cycle.
  • Relevant contexts are used for the design process to give meaning to learning.
  • Children are given choice and a range of tools to choose freely from during the making process to promote independent thinking.
  • Staff ensure that the key knowledge and vocabulary receives the appropriate coverage within each Design and Technology unit.
  • Educational visits are planned where possible.


Through a carefully planned progression of knowledge and skills in Design and Technology, children at St Giles will develop the ability to work independently and with others to creatively design, make and evaluate products. They will gain a good knowledge of tools, equipment and materials which they can use to make products and will be able to work safely and hygienically. 

We measure the impact of our Design and Technology curriculum using the following methods:

  • Children’s understanding, knowledge and skills are monitored by class teachers during lessons. This is then used to inform differentiation, challenge and support.
  • Teachers update the Design and Technology assessment document after each unit has been taught.
  • The assessment document is used to support future planning and teaching.
  • The assessment document helps to build up a profile of the strengths and areas for development of each child as they progress through school.

At St Giles we want our children to be passionate about designing and making high quality, purposeful products.  We strive to ensure that all children develop design and technology skills they can use beyond school and into adulthood.