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Design Technology (DT)

Design and Technology at St. John’s Primary School should be an engaging, practical and purposeful subject which gives children first-hand experience of the key skills and processes needed in the production of everyday products.

The children will have the opportunity to:

  • Experience a range of products from different fields of design (textiles, construction, food)
  • Develop their understanding of the design process from research and conception to final products.
  • Explore and learn a range of key skills which can be easily transferred to their everyday life.
  • Be creative and imaginative in their designs.
  • Persevere to learn and apply new skills with confidence.
  • Become ‘problem solvers’ through their making activities.
  • Work collaboratively, respecting and understanding the opinions of others.



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Autumn 1

All about me
Seasonal soup

(Core unit)



‘Building blocks- Stonehenge big build’


'Stuffed toys’


Autumn 2

Houses and homes

‘ Puppets’

‘London’s burning- fetch the engines!’


Food and Nutrition
‘Perfect pizzas’

Spring 1

Jump into Spring

(Core unit)

‘Moving storybook’


Food and Nutrition
‘Eating seasonally’


Food and Nutrition
‘Spaghetti Bolognese’



Spring 2

Once upon a time…


‘Moving monsters’


Summer 1

Fantasy world




Food and Nutrition
‘Adapting a recipe’



Summer 2

Around the world


(Core unit)

Food and Nutrition
‘Fruit smoothie’

Food and Nutrition
‘Healthy wrap’

‘Egyptian collars’



‘Funky Furnishings- memory cushions’


British values in Design Technology

Our curriculum provides the opportunities for further understanding of the fundamental British values


Rule of Law



Individual Liberty


Mutual Respect

  • Children at our school are asked for their views about DT lessons and feedback is welcomed by both the staff and the subject lead. This is often in the form of a pupil voice questionnaire.
  • Children work together to support each other in lessons and children that are more able can be gien the opportunity to lead with their own examples of their work.
  • Children take turns both in speech and practically with others.
  • Children understand that it is not always possible or right to hae their own way and understand the value of compromise.
  • Children must take the iews and opinions of others into account but still have the right to make their own choices.
  • Children follow general class and school rules during their DT lessons.
  • Children understand the importance of safety rules when using tools.
  • They are taught the specific skills within the subject allowing them to develop their skills in following the ‘rules’ of DT. 
  • Children also understand and accept that if these rules are not followed that there are consequences to this.
  • Children are encouraged to develop their own self-knowledge through our creative subjects such as DT.
  • Children are taught that DT is a ery subjective and personal subject which provides an opportunity to express themselves.
  • The children are encouraged to make decisions with their own design choices, style and sometimes media choice.
  • Children are expected to take responsibility for all of the equipment used when working in DT.
  • Children understand that it is important to listen to others but they make their own ideas and design choices in D.T.
  • Children accept that others ideas may not be the same as their own.
  • Children understand that many great design ideas originate from other cultures.
  • When completing the food and nutrition units, food from different cultures are discussed as well as food that is accepted in different faiths.
  • Children listen carefully and are reminded to treat each other equally and with respect regardless of abilities.
  • Children are able to take turns during discussions to resole difficulties or make decisions.
  • Children are given many opportunities to critique each other’s work in a positive and constructive manner whilst showing respect for the opinions and beliefs of their peers which may differ from their own.