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Design Technology



At Oaklands, our intention is that every child will have the opportunity to learn and expand on their understanding of design in an inclusive, cross-curricular way.

The curriculum develops children’s understanding of the world and how we live and work within it and, through investigating technological processes and manufactured products, pupils can appreciate the important contribution these make to our society.


Following the National Curriculum, DT encourages critical thinking, problem-solving and resilience as the children work through the design process, finishing with an evaluation against their own design criteria. By using a creative and imaginative approach to the ‘design, make, evaluate’ model, all pupils learn to design and make products to tackle real and relevant problems with a purpose and intended user in mind.

Children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 explore textiles, structures, mechanisms, electrical systems and food technology through termly units. Children develop a clear progression of skill, knowledge and vocabulary that enables them to deepen and broaden their understanding and expertise. Assessment is used to inform the differentiation, support and challenge required by the children.

As a cross-curricular subject, DT maintains strong links to the wider curriculum. By providing clear structure for teachers and children, we nurture inclusivity, and create autonomous problem solvers who work as individuals and as part of a team.


  • Children are positive about DT and confident in their abilities.
  • Children have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in the next stage of their education.
  • Pupils will be able to integrate their previous learning in to the acquisition of new knowledge and skills.
  • Children have developed the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to respond to and evaluate a design brief.

For more information about our Design Technology curriculum please click the link below:

DT Long Term Plan

DT Knowledge Builder

DT Vocabulary Builder

DT Skills Progression