Design and Technology

Design and Technology

Design and Technology prepares children to deal with tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. It encourages children to become independent, creative problem-solvers and thinkers as individuals and as part of a team, teaching life skills and making positive changes to their quality of life. Through the study of Design and Technology, learners combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts.

Our Vision of Design and Technology at Greenbank Primary School


It is the intent of Greenbank Primary School for Design and Technology to be an inspiring subject, with Textile Design, Food Technology and Construction Materials topics taught in each year group across both Key Stages 1 and 2.  Design and Technology projects are often made cross curricular, linking to other subjects taught. At our school, Design and Technology should enable pupils to use their imagination whilst solving real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts.


D.T. is a foundation subject within the National Curriculum. The aims of teaching D.T. at Greenbank Primary School are consistent with our School Mission Statement and take into account the requirements set by the current National Curriculum. We aim to develop the whole person by giving our children opportunities to reach the full potential in D.T. through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making.


• investigate things and say how they work, what they do and what they are made of;
• plan what to make and be able to tell someone else about it;
• make things from our plans and be able to say what has or has not worked well and why;
• work with tools and equipment safely to measure and mark, cut and shape, join and combine and decorate and finish different materials;
• learn about how to use different materials and mechanisms.


• investigate and evaluate products to help generate ideas for our own work;
• make detailed plans for our ideas showing what we want to achieve and how to do it;
• use our plans to make products, evaluating and adapting our ideas as we work;
• work with tools and equipment safely and accurately to measure and mark, cut and shape, join and combine and decorate and finish different materials;
• learn about how different materials and mechanisms can be used for a purpose


At Greenbank, we want to ensure that children:

• Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise 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 and 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.

• Children will design and make a range of products.

• Understand that a good quality finish will be expected in all design and activities made appropriate to the age and ability of the child.

Coronavirus 2020/2021
A duel curriculum approach following the school closure in March 2020 and January 2021 ensured that Design and Technology continued to be delivered in a way which reflected the subject’s vision and approach to learning.