Leigh CE Primary School


Why is Design Technology important?

 Design and Technology develops skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food. It encourages children to be creative and encourages them to think about important issues.

 D&T gives children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. We feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live and work

 Our Design and Technology curriculum allows children to exercise their creativity through designing and making. The subject develops children’s creativity, sets them challenges grounded in real-life situations that engage and inspire, and equips children with the knowledge and skills to be resilient and solve problems. 

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 subject also allows children to apply the knowledge and skills learned in other subjects, particularly Maths, Science, Computing and Art and Design

Careers that the study of DT supports include:

  • Fashion designer
  • Product Designer
  • Teaching
  • Chef
  • Nutritionist
  • Prop maker
  • Game designer
  • Architect
  • Interior Designer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Robotics Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Furniture maker
  • Joiner

At The Wings’ CE Trust, we aim to:

  • encourage children to be curious, ask questions and excited about deconstructing, designing, making and evaluating products
  • prepare pupils for the rapidly changing technological world in which they live
  • foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making things and develop confidence to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • apply a growing body of knowledge, understanding and skills to the design and construction of prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • fulfil the National Curriculum aims:

National Curriculum Aims

The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • 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 

"Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you look deeper, it's really how it works."

Steve Jobs


"Technology makes possibilities. Design makes solutions."

John Maeda