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 within a variety of contexts, considering their own and other’s needs, wants and values.

They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impacts on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes and essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

At St Bartholomew’s, DT skills are taught across a two year cycle, meaning each skill is covered three times throughout school. Each year, children also complete a cookery unit to provide children with the skills to cook at home, including making healthy meals.  

In each unit of DT, children will explore and investigate the project, learn the skills necessary to complete the project, plan, design, make and then evaluate the final piece. 

Curriculum - Design Technology


Curriculum - Design Technology - Useful Links

BBC Design Technology - KS1

BBC Design Technology - KS2

Dyson - Engineering Challenges

IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) - KS1 and KS2

The School Run


Curriculum - Design Technology - Finished Mobile Phone Holders

Class 13 have completed their phone stands today. They have worked really hard on them and have achieved a lovely useful piece that they’ve taken home today. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Mobile Phone Holder

Class 13 have begun their new DT topic and will be making a stand to hold a mobile phone. They began today by making a prototype from cardboard and all showed great listening, measuring and cutting skills. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Wood Cutting

Year 5 measured and cut their wood ready to decorate and finish their phone stands this week. The children all worked really hard and enjoyed using the tools safely. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Prototypes

Class 16 have been making their own prototypes of mobile phone stands, some used the instructions from last week adding to it to individualise them, while others made a brand new structure.


Curriculum - Design Technology - Electricity

Year 6 have started their new topic electricity. They have been making electrical circuits - experimenting with how to make the bulbs brighter and dimmer. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Castles

This half term, class 6 have been making castles as part of our DT work. We had a design brief to make a castle for younger children to play with. We designed our castles, made and decorated them then evaluated what went well and what we would change. It was great fun!


Curriculum - Design Technology - Moving Pictures

Class 5 have really enjoyed DT this week. We have learned a new skill and can now make moving pictures with sliders. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Coasters

Year 5 and year 6 have been working hard on completing their coasters. They have produced some excellent pieces.


Curriculum - Design Technology - Strength

Class 11 spent the afternoon trying to make a table to hold a glue lid/stick or a strong tent that won’t blow over, all out of paper. We used twisting, rolling and folding to make a sheet of paper stronger to achieve our structure. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Classroom Kitchen

Year 2 have worked with Mr D from Classroom Kitchen this morning, to make layered fruit pots. They had to use their cutting skills to prepare the fruit, before adding different ingredients.

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