Approach to Design Technology

The National Curriculum for Design 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.

 At Salterlee, all our topics follow the same structure:


Investigative, disassembly and evaluative activities (IDEAs)

 Pupils have a chance to evaluate current products and take them apart to find out how they work

 Focused practical tasks (FPTs)

Pupils have the chance to build key skills needed to make their final products

Design and make assignment (DMA)

Pupils are given a design brief (often set in context and linked with foundation subject topics)

Across KS1 and KS2 pupils have the opportunity to develop skills in the following areas:


  • Structures 
  • Mechanisms
  • Textiles
  • Cooking and Nutrition 
  • Electrical Systems (KS2 only)

Running through every unit are the four key strands of design, make, evaluate and technical knowledge.