Design and Technology

‘To strive for excellence in learning and all that we do’


At Great Dunmow Primary School, we have built a Design Technology curriculum which will develop learning and result in the acquisition of relevant knowledge and skills. Children will know more, remember more and understand more.

Our Design Technology curriculum has been designed with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the ‘National Curriculum Design Technology Programme of Study’.  Our aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils to become independent and investigative learners whilst preparing them for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences for later life.


  • A clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum. The Design Technology National Curriculum and EYFS is planned for and covered in full within the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 school curriculum. Whilst the EYFS and National Curriculum forms the foundation of our curriculum, we make sure that children learn additional skills, knowledge and understanding and enhance our curriculum as and when necessary.
  • Delivery of Design Technology projects with a clear structure. Children in KS1 will undertake a mechanisms project, a textiles project, a structures project and a cookery In addition to the areas covered in KS1, children in KS2 also undertake an electrical systems project.
  • Delivery demonstrates a clear following of the design process where each project will follow ‘researching and investigation’, ‘designing’, ‘making’ and ‘evaluating’.
  • A range of skills will be taught ensuring that children are aware of health and safety issues related to the tasks undertaken
  • Clear and appropriate cross curricular links to underpin learning in multi areas across the curriculum giving the children opportunities to learn life skills and apply skills to ‘hands on’ situations in a purposeful context.
  • Children will undertake design tasks and use skills from across the curriculum to fully explore the design process, evaluating work, ensuring that it is of the highest possible quality. Children are asked to self-evaluate their work and that of others.
  • Independent learning: In Design Technology, children may be asked to solve problems and develop their learning independently. This allows the children to have ownership over their curriculum and lead their own learning in Design Technology.
  • Collaborative learning: In Design Technology, children may be asked to work as part of a team, learning to support and help one another towards a challenging, yet rewarding, goal.


  • Children will have clear enjoyment and confidence in Design Technology through memorable experiences which they will then apply to other areas of the curriculum.
  • Through additional topic-based cookery projects, children will develop a clear understanding of the origins of food, a balanced diet and the ability to adapt recipes/ingredients which are relevant to suit individual tastes/diets.
  • Children will ultimately know more, remember more and understand more about Design Technology, demonstrating this knowledge when using tools or skills in other areas of the curriculum and in opportunities out of school.
  • The large majority of children will achieve age related expectations in Design Technology.
  • As designers, children will develop skills and attributes they can use beyond school and into adulthood.

 Miss H Mitchell - DT Lead