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Design Technology

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject.  Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems. Children acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and enhance their technical skills. Pupils learn to become more resourceful, innovative and enterprising.  They learn to evaluate past and present designs, and develop a critical understanding.

– National Curriculum Design and Technology

At Sherington, we aim to develop pupils creative, technical and practical skills through cross-curricular learning.  Each term children undertake a unit of Design Technology, in which they design and make high quality prototypes and products. As part of their work with food, pupils will be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils that will provide them with a crucial life skill.

In Key Stage 1


  • design purposeful, functional and appealing products for themselves and other
  • select from and use a range of tools and equipment
  • evaluate and explore ideas and products
  • build structures, explore and use mechanisms
  • understand the basic principles of a healthy diet and where food comes from


In Key Stage 2


  • research and develop a design criteria that is fit for purpose
  • select and use a wider range of tools and materials according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities
  • investigate and analyse products and their own products, considering the view of others
  • apply their understanding of more complex structures, mechanical structures and electrical systems
  • apply their understanding of computing to programme, monitor and control products
  • cook dishes using a variety of ingredients and a range of techniques, showing an awareness of seasonality and the provenance of food