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Sneinton St Stephen's CofE Primary School

Design & Technology

Design and technology prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. They learn to think and intervene creatively to improve quality of life. The subject calls for pupils to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, as individuals and members of a team. They must look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products and systems. They combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects. Through design and technology, all pupils can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators.


Current year 4 pupils with healthy fruit drinks they designed, made and evaluated in summer 2013




  •  To provide a range of structured and differentiated activities which develop breadth and progression. Where possible these will relate to the interest and everyday experiences of our children
  • To develop knowledge and teach skills in order to design and make products successfully.
  • To help children become aware of and investigate simple products by disassembly and evaluation.
  • To provide adequate time, access to information, skills and resources to make a good quality product.




There will be DT taught every other half term. Classes will have weekly lessons or more focused and lengthy project work.

Pupils will have opportunities to:


  • Develop realistic outcomes to assignments.
  • Take increasing responsibility for their own work.
  • Critically evaluate their work and the work of others and suggest improvements.
  • Work individually and in teams, groups, partners or pairs.
  • Work with a range of materials and to use them appropriately.
  • Use a variety of tools safely and correctly.
  • Communicate ideas in a variety of ways.
  • Develop skills and apply knowledge and experience when working on an assignment.
  • Develop the ability to solve problems.
  • Research and record relevant information where appropriate.
  • Examine and evaluate design features in simple products including their historical development.


How teachers plan


Teachers plan in detail every week on an agreed format. Objectives are clear and assessment for learning is integral in driving the teaching. Teachers differentiate for HA MA LA and SEN and where appropriate gifted and talented pupils. In every lesson children are clearly shown the expected and outstanding progress they should be making. Teachers clearly show how additional support is used. Our plans reflect the global diversity of the pupils we teach. Work will be displayed around the classroom and school.


Assessment and Target Setting


Pupils will be assessed against the current national curriculum levels.


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2 2
3 2/3
4 3
5 3/4
6 4/5

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