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St Mary's
Church of England Primary School

A learning community dedicated to building
respectful and responsible citizens and empowering all learners.

Design Technology

 “Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better.

When it does not exist, design it.” Sir Henry Royce, English engineer and car designer.


Design and Technology forms an important part of the curriculum in preparing the children for a rapidly changing world. We want children to become independent, creative problem solvers and thinkers as individuals and as part of a team. Through our exciting and innovative units, children will design and make products that will solve real and relevant problems. Using their creativity and imagination to create quality products, children will combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industry. Children will learn about a range of designers and will have every opportunity to extend their understanding, experience and application of technology, including ICT, in as wide a variety of situations as possible.

The Design Process

Each project, regardless of the focus, follows a process in design. We identify that D&T does not follow a linear learning process. The curriculum needs to enable a constantly evolving learning process where children are able to generate design ideas, make prototypes and critique their own, and existing products. Each stage of the design process is underpinned by technical knowledge and evaluation, these are integral to the process as a whole. Children evaluate throughout and use their technical knowledge, which encompasses the contextual, historical and technical understanding to complete an effective design process.