Design Technology

Christ Church and Holy Trinity Schools Design & Technology Curriculum                                      


The intent of our Design and Technology curriculum:

  • A high-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
  • Design and technology at our school is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject.
  • Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
  • Design and Technology learning focuses on the roles of: Designer, Maker and User.
  • Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.
  • Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.


The implementation of our Design and Technology curriculum:

  • The Design and Technology curriculum at our school is ambitious and exciting.
  • Every child uses a DT book to record ideas, practise new techniques and to further refine their skills.
  • Trips to Museums and businesses are facilitated where appropriate to enhance the pupils’ understanding and skills further and enrich their appreciation of design.
  • Specialist designers and engineers visit our school to work with all year groups on exciting projects.
  • Every year group completes two/three DT units each year.
  • The topics are taken from QCA schemes of work and supported by the Design and Technology Association resources.

How the units are organized:

The school’s Design and Technology scheme of work is based on the aims and objectives in the National Curriculum.

The main areas of study are:

  • Mechanisms
  • Structures
  • Food
  • Textiles
  • Electrical 

When planning, teaching and learning teachers are encouraged to use the six curriculum principles:

  • User
  • Authenticity
  • Functionality
  • Design Decisions
  • Purpose 
  • Innovation


The Impact of our Design and Technology curriculum

  • Design and technology prepare our children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world.
  • A key part of this subject is creative thinking which encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life.
  • It encourages children to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals, part of a team and community.
  • Design and technology help all children to become discriminating and informed consumers, potential innovators and empathetic citizens.