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Design Technology

D&T in primary schools develops young children’s skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food. D&T encourages children's creativity and encourages them to think about important issues.          


At Harold Wood Primary School we aim to offer a wide and varied Design and Technology curriculum that solves real and relevant problems. The D.T curriculum focuses on the progression of key skills throughout the key stages whereby knowledge is applied from different disciplines. Within lessons, children also develop knowledge and understanding of materials, mechanisms and control system, structures, existing products, quality and health and safety. These areas will be revisited and developed upon as the children progress through the school. Children also learn to become resourceful, innovative and enterprising.


Throughout a D.T unit, the children are taught to:


- Design

- Make

- Evaluate

- Apply technical knowledge


The children will complete three D.T units within a year as it alternates each half term with Art. Sometimes cross curricular links will be made with D.T and other areas of study such as topic (Geography or History).

Design and Technology Progression of skills for KS1 and KS2