Curriculum – Design & Technology


The Design and Technology curriculum at Burghfield St. Mary’s is designed as part of a broad and balanced education which meets the needs of all children. A scheme of work has been devised to help teachers ensure they have progressively covered the knowledge, understanding and skills required in the National Curriculum. The aim is to inspire children, through a broad range of practical experiences, to create innovative designs which solve real and relevant problems within a variety of different contexts. The design process encourages children to identify real and relevant problems, critically evaluate existing products and then take risks and innovate when designing and creating solutions to the problems. Where possible, time is built in to reflect, evaluate and improve on prototypes using design criteria throughout to support this process. Opportunities are provided for children to evaluate key events and individuals who have helped shape the world, showing the real impact of design and technology on the wider environment and helping to inspire children to become the next generation of innovators.



 The two year rolling Design Technology plan incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 through opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school. Where appropriate, links are made between the Design Technology taught and our cross-curricular whole school topics. Through revisiting and consolidating skills, the skills progression map, suggested units and resources help children build on prior knowledge alongside introducing new skills, knowledge and challenge. The revision and introduction of key vocabulary is also built into lessons. End of unit assessment is completed, recognising where outcomes have been met. We intend to inspire pupils and practitioners to develop a love of Design and Technology and see how it has helped shaped the ever-evolving technological world they live in.



Our curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual and small groups of children can be met within the environment of high quality first wave teaching. Regular, planned topics ensures the profile of Design and Technology is maintained. Children have the opportunity to improve their enquiry skills and inquisitiveness about the world around them, and the impact of design and technology on the world. Children become more confident in analysing their work and giving their opinion on their own and other works. Children show competences in improving their resilience and perseverance by continually evaluating and improving their work. Children in school can speak confidently about their design and technology work and their developing skills. We want to ensure that Design and Technology is enjoyed by teachers and pupils across school, therefore encouraging them to want to continue building on this wealth of skills and understanding, now and in the future.