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Design Technology


Design and Technology - Key Aims: 
We aim to provide our pupils with hands-on, creative experiences to support the development of a practical identity and a capability for innovation. The subject provides opportunity for collaboration, team working and communication – skills that are essential for future employment.

D&T gives children the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of designing and making functional products. It helps to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live and work.

Furthermore, D&T provides pupils with life-long learning opportunities, for example undertaking tasks without all the information necessary to complete them from the outset. Learning to cope with ambiguity is an important characteristic of a well-educated person. It will help to empower pupils and develop their self-confidence holistically.

In Design and Technology we aim to:

  •          Develop a love of D&T and its ability to express creativity through the delivery of high-quality teaching and learning.
  •          Develop pupils’ abilities to design, make and evaluate products.
  •          Develop pupils’ abilities to hypothesise, synthesise and reflect upon ideas
  •          Provide hands-on practical opportunities for pupils to explore working with a range of materials and tools.
  •          Develop opportunities for pupils to gain a deeper understanding of cooking, nutrition, and safety precautions.
  •          Develop hands-on practical opportunities for pupils to explore working with a range of materials and tools.
  •          Further enhance social and emotional wellbeing in all children.
  •          Provide opportunities to develop children’s leadership skills.
  •          Deliver high quality D&T across the school.
  •          Provide opportunities for all children to experience teamwork, collaboration, and communication skills.
  •          Provide pupils with opportunities to combine their design and making skills with knowledge and understanding they learn to create quality products.
  •          Achieve and exceed the expectations within the National Curriculum.


DT – We are designers:

We are encouraged to be purposeful with a range of media.

We appreciate a range of designers and their key styles.

We reflect on and respect work created by ourselves and others to enable us to progress.

We are inspired to work resiliently to explore and discover creative individuality.

We are developing transferrable life skills.

We are encouraged to work collaboratively and share each other’s successes. 
Please see the document links at the end of this page to learn about the full DT Curriculum at Treverbyn Academy.
In Nursery, Design Technology is part of the area of learning Expressive Arts and Design within the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Design Technology resources and activities are available for all children to access during their play and 'Together Time' activities. Nursery pupils have enjoyed creating their own designs and models using a variety of resources such as Lego, play-dough, and textiles materials.
In Reception, Design and Technology falls within the 'Expressive Arts and Design' area of learning. Children are taught different artistic methods and techniques and are provided with open ended resources for them to practice and experiment with during their free time. Children will be exposed to artists and their work and will use their work as a stimulus for their own masterpieces.
Useful links for parents:
Document links:
Below shows the DT progression in each year group
The document below shows the DT progression for the strand Construction, from Year 1 to Year 6
Below shows some DT around our school.

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