Welbeck Primary School
Design and Technology Curriculum

Design and Technology Curriculum

Our Design and Technology curriculum aims to develop children’s designing and making skills and nurture creativity and innovation through designing and making.

The curriculum enables children to develop the creative, technical and practical expertise to perform everyday tasks confidently and participate in an increasingly technological world. It develops children’s problem solving skills and is a powerful tool to support other areas of learning across the curriculum.

Our Design and Technology curriculum encompasses the objectives outlined in the National Curriculum and is taught through five strands.

  1. Designing
  2. Making
  3. Evaluating
  4. Technical Knowledge
  5. Cooking and Nutrition

The curriculum builds progression from Nursery through to Year 6 through these strands and the skills and objectives encompassed in them.

Each term children undertake a project that focuses on one or more of the strands and develops particular skills. They study the work of famous designers and investigate a range of products. Children use the knowledge and skills they have learned and apply them to their project including their own innovations.

The Design and Technology curriculum links with class topics in History, Science and Geography where appropriate.

Curriculum Enhancement

We feel that gallery and museum visits to see the work of famous designers and innovators are vitally important to further motivate and inspire our children. Therefore, all children have the opportunity to visit a gallery or museum at least once a year. We work closely with our school partner artist, Wolfgang Buttress and UKS2 children visit his installation The Hive @Kew Gardens to see his work in real life.

Children who show great talent and enthusiasm for D.T are tracked and supported to develop to their highest potential through our Gifted and Talented programme. Year 6 children will have the opportunity to take part in our Children’s University Design and Technology degrees e.g Textiles, Woodwork and Food nutrition taught by specialist teachers.

All children have the opportunity to exhibit D.T work in our whole school ‘ Creative Arts Week Exhibition’ which parents are invited to. Design and Technology work is showcased around the school in class displays.

All children have the opportunity to use technology to support and enhance their D.T work.

D & T Progression Skills