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Design Technology

Subject Overview

Our vision, when delivering ‘Design and Technology’ at Saltergate Schools is to give the children the opportunity to explore their creativity, whilst developing fundamental practical skills which will serve them as they progress throughout school and beyond. The children will engage in the process of designing, creating and evaluating their own work. Carefully linking our learning to our English, Maths and Topic led curriculum, the children will be given the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products that fit a purpose. Throughout their time at Saltergate Schools, the children will work with a range of materials and instruments and shall explore different strands of ‘DT’, such as textiles, woodwork, mechanisms and cooking.


Throughout their time in EYFS, the children will be exposed to a range of tools and materials, whilst exploring a variety of different mediums. The children will be able to recognise different materials and their textures and will learn to construct designs on both a larger and smaller scale. They shall develop their fine motor skills to enable them to create more intricate designs and shall begin independently making choices on their own designs, materials and the tools that they use. The children will be encouraged to share their ideas and to begin thinking of ways in which they can adapt or expand upon these.


In KS1, the children shall begin learning and applying the design process. They shall learn to design with a purpose in mind and shall experience their ideas come to life, whilst learning about a variety of different mediums and the architects and inventors that inspired them. They shall learn to begin each design by sketching and annotating the correct materials that they intend to use. They shall design with a wide range of materials in mind and should be able to explain why they have chosen the ones they have selected. When creating or constructing their designs, the children will explore a range of utensils, tools and equipment to perform a job and shall experiment with a variety of different structures. The children shall develop a knowledge of mechanisms such as; the wheel, axels, levers and sliders and will learn how to create these effectively. Throughout the children’s design process, they shall evaluate what they like and dislike about their work and will be able to adapt their product in order to meet its purpose.


Building upon what they have learnt in KS1, the children shall expand their knowledge of design further by integrating their existing mathematical knowledge to add dimensions to their creations. The children will carry out independent research when designing their products for a purpose and will create prototypes before completing the final product. The children will learn to explain the purposes of the different tools and equipment that they choose to use and should be able to explain to others how to use them effectively. The children will expand upon their knowledge of mechanisms to create cams, pulleys and gears and shall improve upon their finishing and decorative techniques. Upon completing their product, the children shall learn to evaluate the design’s strengths, weaknesses and whether it is indeed fit for purpose.