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Cleveland Road Primary School

Design Technology

Welcome to Design Technology at Cleveland Road Primary

The principal aims of our Design Technology curriculum are:


· To develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in Design and Technology

· That teachers ensure the children apply their knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning and making products and then evaluating them. This is done through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual/group activities

· That children are given the opportunity both to work on their own and to collaborate with others; listening to other children’s ideas and treating these with respect

· That children research the topic prior and during every project

· That teachers make sure that pupils have enough time to prepare and plan, collect ideas, information and materials, and to make and evaluate work

· That teachers ensure quality teaching is taking place by becoming familiar with Design Technology techniques required for that year group and their DT unit. The Design Technology Leader may also be consulted to support teachers that require assistance with DT skills and/or Health and Safety protocols

· Organisation of the lessons must be clearly set out by collecting equipment and materials needed prior to the lesson and by setting out the classroom environment in an appropriate manner according to the requirements for the DT tools of that session

· Suitable learning opportunities must be provided for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child

· That planning for the subject is cross-curricular and linked, especially with Art, Computing, Science and Mathematics


In our Design Technology planning we aim:


· To ensure that pupils always “make a product with a purpose

· To embed the six main principles of the National Curriculum for Design and Technology into the school curriculum;

o User – pupils should consider who their products are for

o Purpose – pupils should decide which tasks their products will perform

o Functionality – pupils should think about how their products will work

o Design Decisions – pupils should have opportunities to make informed choices

o Innovation – pupils should have scope to be original with their thinking

o Authenticity – pupils should design and make products that are real, believable and can be evaluated through use

· To ensure that the Two strands of subject content:-

o Design and making

o Cooking and nutrition

          are covered as per the requirements of the National Curriculum

· To develop a new approach to achieving progression with respect to subject content

· To ensure consistent presentation of subject content across all year groups – from Year 1 to Year 6 (using Design And Technology Association – DATA - workbooks)

· To ensure that all DATA workbooks are filed in children’s DT Folders, and that these are passed on to the new teachers at the end of the academic year in order to track pupil’s progress across our school


Planning of DT takes place in all year groups; following long term planning of subject content collectively with the DT subject leader to ensure progression across all years and key stages.


Designing and making process is still at the heart of the subject

Investigating and analysing existing products

Pupils will create products using a wide range of materials and components

Evaluation of own ideas and products built into end of unit plans


We hope that these pages provide useful information to parents and give support which will aid home learning. 



Cleveland Road Primary School

Cleveland Road, IlfordIG1 1EW