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Design and Technology

Technology: the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry

Design and Technology is about providing opportunities for our pupils to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products.

At Bollin Primary School we want Design & Technology to be an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject for all our pupils to enjoy and be motivated by. Using creativity and imagination we want our pupils to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.


Through effective delivery of Design and Technology lessons our pupils acquire a broad subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art to help develop their skills further. 

Pupils learn how to take risks and become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.


High-quality Design and Technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation and we want all pupils at Bollin Primary School to recognise its importance within the modern world in which we live.

We aim for our children to:


  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise that is 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


  • will develop a deep understanding of the principles that run within Primary Design and Technology learning and establish clear connections to learning within other disciplines in school.


The six principles we look at:


  • User: Pupils should have a clear idea of who they are designing and making products for, considering their needs, wants, values, interests and preferences. The intended users could be themselves or others, an imaginary or story-based character, a client, a consumer or specific target group.


  • Purpose: Pupils should be able to clearly communicate the purpose of the products they are designing and making. Each product they create should be designed to perform one or more defined tasks. Pupils’ products should be evaluated through use.


  • Functionality: Pupils should design and make products that work/function effectively in order to fulfil users’ needs, wants and purposes.


  • Design Decisions: Pupils need opportunities to make their own design decisions. Making design decisions allows pupils to demonstrate their creative, technical and practical expertise, and draw on learning from other subjects. Through making design decisions pupils decide on the form their product will take, how their product will work, what task or tasks it will perform and who the product will be for.


  • Innovation: When designing and making, pupils need some scope to be original with their thinking. Projects that encourage innovation lead to a range of design ideas and product


  • Authenticity: Pupils should design and make products that are believable, real and meaningful to themselves and others.s being developed and are characterised by engaging open-ended starting points for learning.


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PDF file icon Design Technology Projects & Themes Matrix.pdf 444.35 KB PDF
PDF file icon Design Technology Principles Progression.pdf 417.28 KB PDF
PDF file icon Design Technology Overarching Skills Progression.pdf 451.99 KB PDF
PDF file icon Design Technology Technical Skills Progression.pdf 423.06 KB PDF
PDF file icon Design Technology Vocabulary Progression.pdf 420.20 KB PDF