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Design and technology


At St Nicolas’ School we appreciate design and technology (DT) as an important part of children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Design and technology allows children to build their physical and communicative skills through planning, producing and appraising their own design projects and the work of others.


A high-quality design and technology education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to build, break, mould, design and alter their physical DT work.


As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of product design and how it is relevant to their lives and the lives of others. They should also recognise how design and technology both reflects and shapes our history. Children's work will influence their ideas as they grow, helping them develop skills in making and appraising products.



All children follow the same steps to achieving an understanding of design and technology. Pupils engage in meaningful research of designers, create their own design criteria and achieve this through exploration, making and evaluation.



Our approach is consistent, ensuring progression of skills. Children gain an understanding of designers and the design process and take this with them throughout their time with us. By the time children reach the end of year 6, they have been exposed to a number of designers and design approaches.

Ways to develop Design and Technology skills outside of school