The intention of the Design Technology curriculum is to provide opportunities for students to develop their knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes through practical projects. Students work using an iterative design process focusing on research, design, development and realisation.  The intention is to develop independent learning through problem solving and developing their work through informed decisions.

Our main aims are to:

  • Live: Ensure pupils are prepared for the next stage of their education
  • Love: Broaden pupils’ horizons
  • Learn: Develop independent, confident and successful learners


Pupils are encouraged to broaden and deepen their subject knowledge across Design Technology whilst showing a positive attitude to learning. The intent is implemented predominantly through subject leaders who structure and deliver progressive learning within their subject area.

  Live: Iterative design, materials, processes, skills, work of existing designers. Love: Introduce new skills, materials & technologies, develop creativity & problem solving. Learn: Developing skills & techniques working with a range of materials & processes.
In the classroom Sequenced learning with prior learning revisited & built upon

Careers programme

Development of pupils’ cultural capital through celebration of diversity & multiculturalism

Quality first teaching

Challenging activities

Broad & balanced offering

Subject specialist teaching

Out of the classroom

Close links with feeder lower & upper schools

Visits from members of the wider community & world of work

Extra-curricular clubs

Community events

Opportunities for trips & in-house visits

Appropriate & challenging home learning

Access to online resources

Intervention strategies & support


Pupils achieve academically, are ready for their next steps in education and have high aspirations for their future.

  Live: Pupils are prepared for the next stage of their education Love: Broaden pupils’ horizons Learn: Independent, confident & successful learners

Pupils are prepared to move from one year group to the next.

KS3 pupils are secondary ready.

Pupils have high aspirations for their future.

Pupils are prepared for the wider world

Pupils extend their cultural capital.

KS2 pupils attain broadly in line with national averages, given their starting points.

Progress across the four years is at least good.