Design and Technology



At St. John’s Catholic Primary School, children receive a design and technology curriculum which allows them to exercise their creativity through designing and making.

  • Research, problem solving, resilience and teamwork are all vital skills which are embodied in our Design and Technology curriculum. It allows the children to build on pre-existing practical skills as we continue to build upon the relationship between home, the community and school.
  • In addition, it is the first step of many potential future careers in the construction, fashion and design industries.
  • Design and Technology is followed through a cross curricular approach allowing many of the skills and knowledge to be taught explicitly in line with other subjects Skills are taught progressively to ensure that all children are able to learn and practise in order to develop as they move through the school.



Our approach to the Design and Technology curriculum is in line with the National Curriculum Objectives for Design and Technology.

Design and Technology is taught in blocks throughout the year alternating with Art and Design. Units have been carefully selected to ensure gradual progression towards end of key stage attainment targets.  This means that children will have coverage of all aspects of the curriculum by the time they reach Year 6.

The lessons are planned on a long-term plan and then broken down into a medium-term plan. This is where teachers will plan sequences of lessons.

Over the coverage of the curriculum, the core skills that are taught relate to:

  • Using materials
  • Sewing and textiles
  • Electrical and mechanical components
  • Cooking and nutrition


All teaching of DT should follow the design, make and evaluate cycle. evaluate, children should be able to evaluate their own products against a design criterion



Our aim at St. John’s Catholic Primary School is, through high quality teaching, to make sure that all children achieve what has been set out in the national curriculum. We aim to encourage the development of imagination, innovation and experience. We want our children to be able to adapt to an ever-growing workplace and be effective contributors to our global community. We want the children to be able to use practical skills to support them in their adult lives.

By the end of the time at St. John’s we aim for the children to achieve:

  • The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.
  • To have a diverse knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
  • The ability to apply mathematical knowledge and skills accurately.
  • The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically. A passion for the subject.

We will monitor this through:

  • Pupil Voice
  • Evidence of work
  • Leadership discussions
  • Staff Voice
Subject Documents Date  
St. Johns Design and Technology Progression Map 28th Jul 2022 Download
Design and Technology End Point 25th Sep 2022 Download
Art DT Overview on one page 16th Dec 2022 Download
Art Design Curriculum 16th Dec 2022 Download
DT Curriculum Overview 04th Sep 2023 Download