The intent of our Design and Technology Curriculum is to ensure that we prepare our children to become independent and creative problem solvers.  We intend to equip them with relevant skills to ensure they can use 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. They will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering and art. Pupils will learn how to take risks, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.

Design and Technology is organised over a two-year cycle in KS1 and KS2 to meet the needs of our mixed age classes. Lessons are differentiated to meet the needs of the individual learner and prior learning can be built upon. As part of their work with food, pupils will learn how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.


In the Early Years Foundation Stage, our children will explore a variety of materials as well as learning to create a design in order to construct with a purpose in mind.  As part of their work with food, children will gain a basic understanding of a healthy and varied diet.  They will also learn about essential hygiene skills needed when cooking.


Throughout Key Stage One pupils will learn through a variety of creative and practical activities.   Pupils will be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making.  As part of their work with food, pupils will begin to use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes as well as understanding where food comes from.


During Key Stage Two pupils will continue to develop their creative, technical and practical skills that are needed to perform everyday tasks with confidence.  Throughout Design and Technology children will be able to apply their varied knowledge, understanding and skills to design and make high quality prototypes and products for a range of users.  Children will understand how to evaluate their work and products and suggest what works well and what could be done differently next time. Children will aim to work to a high quality finish that is appropriate for their age and ability.  As part of their work with food, pupils will be able to understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet.  They will also be able to prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques.  Pupils will gain an understanding of seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

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Northway Primary School

Dodds Lane
L31 9AA

Main Contact: Mrs C Booth

Tel: 0151-526-2565
Fax: 0151-526-6303