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Drew Primary School

Design and Technology

Design and Technology is a practical subject which requires pupils to use their creativity and imagination to design and make efficient products.

In Key Stage 1, pupils learn to:

  • Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology
  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks
  • Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics
  • Explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria Technical knowledge
  • Build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
  • Explore and use mechanisms in their products.

In Key Stage 2, pupils learn to:

  • Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design
  • Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks accurately
  • Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities
  • Investigate and analyse a range of existing products
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work
  • Understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world
  • Apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
  • Understand and use mechanical systems in their products
  • Understand and use electrical systems in their products
  • Apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.