“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.” 

Robert L. Peters

What is the vision for Design and Technology in our school?

At St Werburgh’s and St Columba’s School, we want our children to receive a Design and Technology curriculum that is inspiring, rigorous and practical. Using creativity and imagination, pupils will design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils will learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. We believe high-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

What does our Design & Technology curriculum offer to our pupils?

As our children progress through school, we want them to receive a high-quality Design Technology education that enables pupils to be confident in the fundamentals of Design Technology, have the ability to evaluate existing products and their designs, apply their knowledge, skills and understanding to design and create their own products in a range of meaningful contexts.

The curriculum for Design Technology is carefully sequenced to build knowledge, skills, vocabulary and experiences which build on prior learning and enable pupils to make connections between ideas/their learning and the world around them. We also want pupils to have an appreciation of Design Technology and aim to nurture a sense of fun and curiosity about the subject. 

We want the children to see Design Technology as being relevant to their world and applicable to everyday life as well as being something that develops through their school life and ultimately to the world of employment/and beyond. To that end, we aim to provide a high-quality, interrelated and creative experience which is one that develops the children’s ability to design and construct and one which allows them to apply the skills they have developed in a variety of ways. We recognise that our school setting lies within a diverse and vibrant local community but continue to actively seek opportunities to deepen our pupils’ awareness, understanding and tolerance of the multicultural world in which we live.

What effect does our Design and Technology curriculum have on our children?

Design and Technology is a practical and valuable subject. It enables our pupils to actively contribute to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of themselves, their community and their nation. It teaches how to take risks and so become more resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable. Pupils will develop a critical understanding of the impact of design and technology on daily life and the ever-evolving technological wider world they live in.

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Curriculum Unit Overviews

Below are a series of links to the units of work that the children will be exploring during each academic year. The document outlines the key objectives and vocabulary that the children will encounter during their learning.

Year 1

Freestanding structures

Mechanisms-Levers and Sliders 

Preparing fruits and vegetables 

Year 2

Preparing fruits and vegetables 

Wheels and Axles 

Templates and joining, making puppets

 Year 3 and 4 

Cycle A 

Healthy and varied diets 

Levers and linkage 

2D shape to 3D product 

Cycle B 

simple circuits and switches 


Shell structures

Year 5 and 6  

Cycle A 

Making complex switches and circuits 

Combining different fabric shapes 

Pulleys and gears

Cycle B 

Frame Structures 

Moving vehicle with a moving person 

Celebrating Culture and seasonality

Contact Us

St Werburgh & St Columba Primary School

Lightfoot Street

Tel: 01244 478968

Email: admin@lovelearnlaugh.org.uk - for new enquiries

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