Design and Technology

At St Mawes Primary, it is our intent that Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Our aim is to encourage learners to think creatively in order to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. Through well planned tasks, which allow the children to achieve the targets within familiar contexts, they learn how to take risks and become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. These are essential skills for our children to develop as they prepare to take their place as adults in society. We aim, wherever possible, to link projects to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Learners are given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers so that they become lifelong learners.

At St Mawes, we deliver our Design and Technology curriculum by planning a sequence of lessons which cover the following areas

Design and Technology requires our children to apply knowledge and skills to solve practical problems.  It involves identifying needs, generating design ideas, planning, making and appraising.  It spans the curriculum and supports work in other subjects..



Children will:

  • Understand the functional and aesthetic properties of a range of materials and resources.
  • Understand how to use and combine tools to carry out different processes for shaping, decorating, and manufacturing products.
  • Build and apply a repertoire of skills, knowledge and understanding to produce high quality, innovative outcomes, including models, prototypes, CAD, and products to fulfil the needs of users, clients and scenarios.
  • Understand and apply the principles of healthy eating, diets and recipes including key processes, food groups and cooking equipment.
  • Have an appreciation for key individuals, inventions and events in history and of today that impact our world.
  • Recognise where our decisions can impact the wider world in terms of community, social and environmental issues.
  • Self-evaluate and reflect on learning at different stages and identify areas to improve.
  • Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National Curriculum for Design and Technology.

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