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Design Technology

Design Technology (DT) education involves two important elements - learning about how things work and learning to design and make functional products for particular purposes and users. At Okehampton children will use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Children acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of materials and components, mechanisms and control systems, structures, existing products, quality and health and safety. The skills learned in DT also help with learning across the curriculum.

Design and Technology education helps develop children’s skills through collaborative working and problem-solving. They are encouraged to be creative and innovative, and are actively encouraged to think about important issues such as sustainability.


Our main objectives in the teaching of Design and Technology are.

  • to develop imaginative thinking in children, and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making, and to be able to express their own ideas through their work
  • to enable children to talk about how things work, and to draw and model their ideas.  
  • 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
  • to increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of DT throughout the ages and throughout the world
  • to foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making things

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making. Pupils' skills and knowledge are developed across five key areas: structures, mechanisms, electrical systems, cooking and nutrition and textiles. Aside from Electrical Systems, which is KS2 only, each of these acts as the focus for a topic within each year group. Key skills and key knowledge for DT have been mapped across the school to ensure progression between year groups.

We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as English, mathematics, science, computing, art and the wider curriculum topics.


There are four strands that run through every topic: design, make, evaluate and technical knowledge.
When learning DT, Children encounter how to take risks and solve problems, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.


In DT, as in all subjects, we are adamant that children who are at risk of underachieving have their needs skilfully and consistently met to protect them from this risk.  The DT curriculum at Okehampton Primary School contributes towards this aim by encouraging children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. The curriculum engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to design and create their own products.