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Pelham Primary School

Design and Technology

"Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you look deeper, it's really how it works." - Steve Jobs

At Pelham, Design and Technology is fun! Through the teaching of DT children have the opportunity to express their creativity through designing, making and evaluating their work.

It encourages the children to be creative problem solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team and enables them to identify needs and respond by developing ideas. Through this process they eventually move on to making products and systems. 

They combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues and will be given opportunities to improve their learning and quality of their finished product through careful evaluation throughout the designing and making process. Children will also be taught to handle and use tools with care and with awareness of health and safety issues.

At Pelham, our DT work is often linked to Skills Builders in order to build upon the children's teamwork, creativity and leadership skills as these are all qualities which complement our Design and Technology curriculum.

At Pelham, we want all pupils to:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to investigate, design, make and evaluate a variety of products and processes.
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook a range of sweet and savoury products.
  • take risks, be resourceful and explorative, innovate and show enterprise skills through a variety of projects.
  • communicate their ideas in a range of ways e.g. verbally or using information technology.
  • understand the contribution Design and Technology makes to the British culture and economy and explore careers and roles that involve these skills.
  • make links to other subjects and projects such as Skills Builders, computing, science and art.

Curriculum Guidance

Click on the link below for an overview of the DT topics taught across each year group, throughout the year.

Design and Technology Curriculum Overview

A Design Technologist at Pelham - Skill progression through the year groups

For a detailed description of the skills and knowledge taught in each Key Stage, click here to download the National Curriculum for Design and Technology.