English Martyrs Catholic

Primary School

A Learning Community in Christ

Design Technology



Through teaching Design and Technology we aim to prepare and provide our children to participate in a rapidly changing world, where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by Design and Technology.

Through teaching the processes of research, design, production and evaluation, we are supplying learners with a universal skillset that can be applied to modern technologies such as app development and whatever the future holds.

Design and Technology skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this. Due to the nature of design and technology, it lends itself to cross-curricular teaching and will be made relevant to pupils, through topics that inspire and enable pupils to engage with the design process.




Clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum: The Design Technology National Curriculum and EYFS is planned for and covered in full within the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 school curriculum. Whilst the EYFS and National Curriculum forms the foundation of our curriculum, we make sure that children learn additional skills, knowledge and understanding and enhance our curriculum as and when necessary.

Delivery of design and technology projects with a clear structure: Each year group will undertake a construction topic, a textile topic and a cooking topic. 

Delivery showing clear following of the design process where each project will follow: research, design, make and evaluate.  A range of skills will be taught ensuring that children are aware of health and safety issues related to the tasks undertaken.

Clear and appropriate cross curricular links to underpin learning in multi areas across the curriculum giving the children opportunities to learn life skills and apply skills to ‘hands on’ situations in a purposeful context.

Independent learning: In Design and Technology: Children may well be asked to solve problems and develop their learning independently. This allows the children to have ownership over their curriculum and lead their own learning in Design and Technology.

Collaborative learning: In Design and Technology: children may well be asked to work as part of a team learning to support and help one another towards a challenging result.