Design & Technology

Design & Technology

‘Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.’

Steve Jobs

National Curriculum 2014

In design and technology, pupils will have the opportunity to 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 (for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing)
  • 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
  • build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
  • explore and use mechanisms (for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles) in their products

Inspired by Chris Quigley Ltd

Pupils will be able to develop their skills as designers by:

  • creating designs and drawings to show their ideas
  • using a variety of tools and materials
  • using their imagination
  • evaluating, changing and adapting my ideas
  • considering the purpose of their design