Design and Technology

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Albert Einstein

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, our 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.

Our ambitious Design and Technology Curriculum encourages our pupils to take risks, becoming innovative and enterprising 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. Our high-quality design and technology lessons make an essential contribution to the creativity, culture and well-being of our pupils giving them the skills, knowledge, vocabulary and experience of the design, making and evaluating process with a real-life context for learning.

At Linthorpe, we want children to be inspired to become designers, engineers, chefs and architects. The process of creative thinking and innovation inspires our pupils to nurture their talents, giving them self-confidence and belief in their abilities and equipping them for the world of work in later life.

Our Design & Technology Curriculum is purposefully designed and sequenced to progressively develop pupils’ design and making skills. We follow the National Curriculum for Design and Technology and we have categorised our content into six areas which are taught progressively throughout the children’s journey in school. The six areas are: Mechanical systems, Building structures, Textiles, Electrical systems, Computing and Food & Nutrition.

Our children engage in three projects each year. In each of these projects, children follow the same basic format: design, make and evaluate. Throughout this process, children evaluate existing products, develop skills in a range of areas and have the opportunity to bring their vision to life.

Each project has been closely linked to a significant individual and the children will learn about them and how they have influenced our ever-changing world. The key individuals inspire children and provide insight into job opportunities available to them in the future. The world of work is woven throughout each project, where the children will be exposed to a variety of jobs included in each specific field of Design and Technology.  

Design and Technology skills are assessed and developed through the use of formative assessment. The knowledge gained during a topic is assessed via high – challenge, low-threat multiple choice quiz. The impact of the Design and Technology curriculum is monitored by the subject leader and evidenced in a class portfolio and through the collection of pupil voice.


DT Curriculum Overview

National Curriculum
Design and technology

EYFS Laying the Foundations