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Design and Technology at Rockbeare Primary aims to ignite creativity, foster expression and celebrate individuality through a range of practical challenges.

'Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design.'

Stephen Gardiner.


Our DT principles underpinned by our school values:

Creativity: In DT, children develop creative thinking by designing and making functional products.  They explore innovative solutions and express their ideas through practical work.

Appreciation: Dt helps children appreciate the designed and made world.  they learn about materials, structures and mechanisms, enhancing their understanding of everyday objects.

Resourcefulness: DT encourages problem-solving and risk-taking.  Children become resourceful, learning to tackle challenges and find practical solutions.

Enterprise: DT introduces concepts like sustainability and enterprise.  Children think about real-world issues and consider the impact of their designs.


DT is not just about tools- it's about fostering capable, creative learners. 


                                   (Creating set design)

Our Intent:

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using their creativity and imagination, pupils design and make real and relevant products by solving problems in a range of contexts. At Rockbeare we ensure children are taught skills and knowledge to enable them to make imaginative and creative products. In Design Technology children need to be taught a broad range of knowledge and skills which we have mapped out into a progression document. Children also need to be able to apply their knowledge from the wider curriculum (Maths, Computing, Science and Art).


Pupils will learn how to take risks,becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens through our exciting and engaging curriculum. 


As teachers, we aim to provide meaningful and memorable experiences which extends a child’s learning whilst teaching new knowledge and skills. The Design and Technology curriculum combines skills, knowledge, concepts and values to enable children to tackle real problems. It can improve analysis, problem solving, and practical capability and evaluation skills which prepares children for life beyond primary education. Evaluation is an integral part of the design process and allows children to adapt and improve their product, this is a key skill which they need throughout their life. At Rockbeare, we believe in preparing our children to live confidently in our rapidly changing world.


Our Implementation

We use the National curriculum attainment targets to plan and assess DT lessons. We ensure that children have a range of focused practical tasks to ensure children practice key skills before designing and creating their final piece.


The National Curriculum aims for Design and Technology:

  • The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.


Senior Leaders and Subject Leaders will use discussions with pupils and teachers, alongside our planned curriculum and evidence of work to ensure that all elements of the curriculum have been delivered.


We teach the key skills for DT explicitly and focus on different skills each lesson so children understand what is expected of them in terms of the design, make and evaluation aspects of the subject which includes correct and safe use of tools.  (See progression of skills document)

Here are our symbols we use.

Our Impact

Children leave each year with the knowledge and skills required to enable them to access and apply to subsequent learning.  Children will be aware of different inventors and designers from a range of cultures and historical periods.  Children will be able to make links to previous learning and understand the relevance of these connections.  Children will be assessed throughout the module using the DT skills from the progression of skills sheets and also given the opportunity to apply their taught skills in an end product which is assessed to support a summative judgement. 



Assessment is carried out in a number of ways:

  • Peer assessment

  • Teacher Assessment

  • Pupil presentations

  • Celebrations