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Southdale Church of England

Junior School

Design and Technology

Design and Technology


“Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose”

Charles Eames


Design and technology is an inspiring, exciting and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real-life ‘problems’ using a variety of materials, in a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on other curriculum areas such as mathematics, science, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful and innovative; and they learn the life skills of perseverance and adaptability. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a deeper understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.



Our aims are to:

  • Develop practical problem-solving skills that can be applied in a range of contexts

  • Foster creativity and innovation through designing and making skills

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of Design Technology through Product Analysis, Design and Make assignments and Focused Practical Tasks

  • Develop the capability to use tools and equipment safely with a range of materials

  • Develop the capability to select appropriate materials and methods for the project in hand

  • Encourage an awareness of the impact of technology and its contribution to the quality of life


Design & Technology Policy Document