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Design and Technology


At St. Leonard’s, DT prepares children for today’s rapidly changing world. It helps to stimulate children’s creativity, curiosity and imagination. It encourages them to become independent problem solvers and to work as part of a team.  Our DT curriculum provides opportunities for children to solve real and relevant problems so that the skills they are developing have purpose.  It provides the children with the knowledge and understanding to develop their skills and offers both support and challenge. We want children to work constructively and productively with others, to show initiative and ask questions about the design process. We provide equality of opportunities within DT and encourage children to aspire to be more. Our high-quality DT supports cultural development by encouraging children to reflect on products and inventions. They understand how all cultures have contributed to technology to improve the quality of our lives. We aim to build an awareness of the impact of DT on our lives and encourage pupils to become resourceful, enterprising citizens who will have the skills to contribute to future design advancements. When learning skills related to food and nutrition, children learn to prepare a range of traditional and modern dishes from all cultures and countries. The children draw on other areas of their learning, including maths, computing, science and art to help them understand how we are reliant on each other in our ever-changing world.

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. It is how it is made.”

Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple



DT is taught once a term.   Key skills and key knowledge for DT using the National Curriculum have been mapped across the school to ensure progression between year groups. 

The context for the children’s work in Design and Technology is well considered and children learn about real life structures and the purpose of specific examples, as well as developing their skills throughout the programme of study. Each new unit of work begins with a recap of the previous related knowledge from previous years.  Teachers make use of Kapow Design and Technology scheme to support in the delivery of DT lessons. This is implemented through:

• A well thought out, whole school, yearly overview of the DT curriculum which allows for progression across year groups in all areas of DT (textiles, mechanisms, structures, food and electrical systems)

• Well planned and resourced projects providing children with a hands-on and enriching experience

• A range of skills being taught ensuring that children are aware of health and safety issues related to the tasks undertaken

• Teachers being given ownership and flexibility to deliver Design and Technology; often teaching DT as a block of lessons to allow the time needed for the children to be critical, inventive and reflective on their work.

• Each project from Year 1 to Year 6 addressing the principles of designing, making, and evaluating and incorporating relevant technical knowledge and understanding in relevant contexts.

• Pupils being introduced to specific designers, chefs, nutritionists, etc. helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement and increase the cultural capital from which they can draw in the future.


Early Years Foundation Stage

During the EYFS pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have the opportunities to learn to:

• Use different media and materials to express their own ideas

• Use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about form, function and purpose

• Make plans and construct with a purpose in mind using a variety of resources

• Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques appropriately, effectively and safely

• Select appropriate resources for a product and adapt their work where necessary

• Cook and prepare food adhering to good health and hygiene routines

Food Glorious Food

Egpyt and NZ designing, making and eating their healthy wraps.

Year 1 - Making Healthy Smoothies