Emmaville Primary School

Design Technology

Design Technology Curriculum Overview


Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. It encourages children to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. At Emmaville, we encourage children to 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. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, computing and art. Children will deepen their understanding and independence within all of these subject areas during their Design and Technology lessons. We want the children at Emmaville to develop their imagination, their critical thinking and their understanding of the world around them through their love of Design and Technology. We aim for our children to question and think innovatively about the world around them in order to design and develop their own products with a purpose in mind.

Curriculum Drivers

The School’s Curriculum Drivers are reflected in our Design Technology education:


Learning from the past

Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, children develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers.

Children will also be encouraged to think critically about their own designs when evaluating their past prototypes. This allows them to build upon their artistic skills and become more resourceful.


Living in the Present

Children are given regular opportunities to develop their understanding of the technological world. We will evaluate past and present design and technology and the ways that these have influenced society today. At Emmaville, we encourage children to make decisions for themselves and by doing practical work it develops a love for creating products they can see, touch and even taste for themselves.


Preparing for the Future

At Emmaville Primary School we aim to provide children with a DT education that is relevant in our rapidly changing world. We want to encourage our children to become independent, creative problem solvers and thinkers as individuals and part of a team.

The children design and create products that consider function and purpose and which are relevant to a range of sectors (for example, the home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment). This allows them to reflect on and evaluate past and present technology, its uses and impacts and therefore prepare for the designs of the future.

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