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do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Colossians 3:17

Design and Technology

This page provides prospective parents and visitors with a glimpse into our curriculum.  Parents of Blue School pupils are provided with detailed guides to subject planning in the form of ‘Knowledge Organisers’ in Parent Zone.

If you can imagine it, just maybe you can make it!

Design and technology (D&T) is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

National Curriculum Guidelines

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 how to cook.

Themes of the Curriculum

At The Blue School, teachers in Key Stage One use the guidance from the LCP Raising the Standards scheme to support medium term planning and lesson planning. There are themes suggested for each year group, which focus on teaching progressive objectives of the curriculum.  In the Early Years (Reception and Nursery) teachers plan experiences to meet the skills outlined in the Expressive Art and Design area of the Foundation Stage curriculum.

Themes covered include:

  • Year 1 – Moving Pictures, Homes, Fruit and Vegetables
  • Year 2 – Joseph’s coat, Vehicles
  • Year 3 – Sandwiches and Packaging, Photo frames
  • Year 4 – Money containers, Lighting it up
  • Year 5 – Musical instruments, Biscuits
  • Year 6 – Shelters, Slippers

When designing and making pupils are taught to:

  • Design
  • Make
  • Evaluate
  • Technical Knowledge

Cross-Curricular Approach to Learning

Throughout the school the standard of work produced in this area of the curriculum is outstanding. Children have access to a wide variety of resources and teachers often adopt a cross-curricular approach to learning; linking subjects such as ICT to lessons. D&T features in the success of ‘Black History Week’ in October each year. Every class makes resources linked to using DT and/or Art skills.

Design Technology (DT) is taught at least once a term for a block of usually six or seven weeks. This subject is rotated with Art. Work from every class is showcased in classroom displays throughout the year and to families through a highly successful exhibition evening held every July.