Design Technology

At Holywell, we use our school vision, Flowing, Strengthening, and Deepening, to guide our design technology intent:

  • Flowing – gaining competency in the use of basic tools and skills, knowledge of key mechanisms and an understanding of research, design and evaluation.
  • Strengthening – developing competency over time so that use of basic skills, the complexity of key mechanisms and the ways in which research, design and evaluation are carried out become more thorough and demanding.
  • Deepening – integrating key knowledge from other subjects, particularly science, into our projects at every stage of development.

Our own curriculum is based on the National Curriculum for DT which states that:

Design and technology 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. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. 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. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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 design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Over time, our intention is that the children’s skills in DT progress, and we feel this is evident in the increasing complexity of the projects that our children undertake in DT. For more information about our DT curriculum, please see our overview document below:

More information about the National Curriculum for DT, on which our curriculum is based, and useful weblinks to support DT teaching can be found below: