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Design & Technology



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.


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.

In Design and Technology, pupils are assessed on their knowledge and skills acquired through the planned curriculum for each unit of work.


Assessment is carried out in a number of ways:

  • Peer assessment

  • Teacher Assessment

  • Pupil presentations

  • Celebrations


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.