Design Technology

All aspects of our key principles in Henry Chadwick underpin our curriculum, which promotes our school motto and ethos of ‘Learn to Live’.  Our curriculum is led by our whole school core principles of resilience, teamwork, empathy, communication, determination.


At Henry Chadwick our curriculum is designed to provide, through inspiring and engaging experiences, the knowledge and skills to become independent, life-long learners in line with our school ethos ‘Learn to Live’. Our school learning powers are at the heart of our design and technology curriculum, developing our pupil’s resilience, teamwork, empathy, communication, determination.  We believe that design and technology should inspire creativity and imagination, enabling pupils to design and make products which solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Pupils learn how to develop resilience, take risks and become more determined.  Through a range of activities, pupils develop their teamwork and communication skills and become 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. Pupils apply their mathematics, science, art, reading and computing skills to design and technology activities.

Aims and Objectives:

We believe that every child can engage with and participate in design and technology with the right kind of teaching and support. At Henry Chadwick, we have high expectations to enable excellence for all and we base our teaching on the belief that all children have the potential to succeed.

Henry Chadwick aim to develop learners who:

· Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technical world.

· Build and apply knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality products for a wide range of users.

· Critique, evaluate and test ideas and products.

· Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

· Recognise design and technology in the world around them and in their everyday experiences.

· Connect knowledge to other areas of learning and recall what they already know to apply knowledge gained.

· Communicate using a range of sophisticated vocabulary and express themselves using oracy skills in a variety of ways.

· Have a positive attitude towards the subject of design and technology.

· Develop their skills through using the school learning powers, resilience, teamwork, empathy, communication, determination.


Design and Technology is a crucial part of school life and learning.  This is implemented through:

– A well thought out, whole school, yearly overview of the DT curriculum which allows for progression across year groups.

– Well planned and resourced projects providing children with a hands-on and enriching experience

– A range of skills being taught ensuring that children are aware of health and safety issues related to the tasks undertaken

– Year 1 to Year 6 addressing the principles of designing, making, and evaluating and incorporating relevant technical knowledge and understanding in relevant contexts.

-As a school, we promote Design and Technology in the wider school.  In Forest School, we plant, grow and harvest food from plants e.g. strawberries.

Early Years Foundation Stage

During the EYFS pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have the opportunities to learn to:

-Use different media and materials to express their own ideas – Use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about form, function and purpose

-Make plans and construct with a purpose in mind using a variety of resources

– Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques appropriately, effectively and safely

-Select appropriate resources for a product and adapt their work where necessary

– Cook and prepare food adhering to good health and hygiene routines


Children will have clear enjoyment and confidence in Design and Technology that they will then apply to other areas of the curriculum. Through carefully planned and implemented learning activities the pupils develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. They gain a firm foundation of knowledge and skills to see them equipped to take on further learning in High School.