Design & Technology

Curriculum Intent

At Victoria Primary Academy we offer a broad and balanced curriculum and aim to provide children with a DT education that is relevant in our rapidly changing and technological world. DT at Victoria is ambitious, aspirational and knowledge rich. Our curriculum map follows the CUSP curriculum and is designed to ensure that children experience and develop a wide range of skills covering all aspects of DT in a progressive way.

We believe that high-quality DT lessons will inspire children to think independently, innovatively and develop creative, procedural and technical understanding of the subject. Our DT curriculum provides children with opportunities to work collaboratively to research, represent their ideas, explore and investigate, develop their ideas, make a product and evaluate their work and that of others.

Curriculum Aims

The curriculum for Design and Technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Minimum Standards

Teaching a Broad and Balanced curriculum for educational recovery DfE June 2021 states: 

To engage in the design process, pupils need to know the different factors that contribute  to complex design decisions. Securing knowledge of the relevant materials, equipment, tools and manufacturing methods is therefore important before pupils are expected to design their own products.

At key stages 1 and 2, teachers should prioritise:

  • developing pupils’ ability to design by, first, providing them with knowledge of materials, equipment and tools to support their application of concepts such as ‘functionality’ and ‘aesthetics’. Activities to consolidate and embed this knowledge can be low cost, for example, asking pupils to evaluate a range of similar products (such as toothbrushes, toys, cutlery, t-shirts, or school bags).
  • encouraging pupils to work with a range of simple materials, including textiles and ingredients, emphasising the design process rather than simply the end product.
  • Where practicable, pupils should be introduced to simple tools and their safe use to meet an identified need.

At Victoria Primary Academy:

  • One DT project is delivered per term
  • Coverage includes: KS1 – food, textiles, structures, mechanisms, KS2 – food, textiles, structures, mechanical systems, electrical systems
  • One D&T food project taught per year, including cooking and nutrition requirements
  • D and T is progressive (see curriculum maps. Pupils should learn the specific skills needed and then use these to produce a product.
  • All members of the teaching team have access to the Design and Technology Association website to support with planning and resourcing their DT curriculum as well as all the resources from the CUSP Curriulum.
  • Pupils with additional needs are supported to access the learning as appropriate depending on their need. Pupils with physical disabilities may need access to specialist tools or resources. Some pupils will benefit from pre teaching of key vocabulary. Some pupils may benefit from additional time or support from an adult to complete their work.

Subject Leader

For more information, please contact the Design & Technology Subject Leader:

Mrs C Brindle


Useful Documents

Design and Technology Subject Coverage Map for Key Stage 1 and 2