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Market Drayton Junior School

Market Drayton Junior School

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Design and Technology

Design and Technology is a practical subject that develops children’s capabilities to design and make products that not only work well, but that also respond to identified needs. D&T shows how products are created for a real context and situation and, in meeting the identified needs; it develops the skills, knowledge and understanding of our children.


D&T involves children in drawing upon the knowledge and skills from other curriculum areas, particularly from science, mathematics, computing and art.

The 2014 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.

The following topics are covered:





Y 3

Mechanical Systems – moving monsters - toy to amuse children who are ill


Structures –
viewing platform

bread making

Y 4

Food –
making biscuits


Mechanical Systems - moving Easter cards


create a cross stitch symbol for an explorer

Y 5



Food – designing a seasonal soup to be served at lunchtime as part of a healthy diet

Structures – making a shelter for a walker on the mountainside or a bird/wildlife hide

Y 6

making a cushion
using clothes / materials.

WW1 Link

Electrical -
Lighting it up -

designing a
teaching aid

Food – designing a healthy snack

CAD – using Primary Design to design packaging for product.

Special Education Needs in Design and Technology


How do we ensure all children can access design and technology lessons?


Our design and technology curriculum is carefully designed to ensure that all children are able to access lessons and are enthusiastic learners about the world of design around them. We focus on a range of topics including mechanisms, textiles and food technology. To achieve this aim, design and technology lessons are differentiated in a variety of ways. We ensure that we vary our teaching styles to suit the children in the class through visual aids, hands on learning, auditory clips as well as discussion and simplification of language where needed. The curriculum is, when required, modified to remove barriers, so all children are able to meet the same objectives. Adult support is also planned to offer support and scaffold individual pupils. When we feel it is appropriate we also consult with the individual children and their parents to ascertain how much support they require; allowing them to be as independent as possible.


As a school we strive to support fully the teaching of design and technology and to develop the children’s learning to allow each and every child to maximise their own individual potential. 


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