Design and Technology

Design and Technology is an inspiring, practical subject with great relevance in our rapidly changing world. At Ashcott Primary School we believe that our children should be inspired by architects, chefs, engineers and designers. We believe that the children should be encouraged to solve problems individually and collaboratively in a creative and imaginative way, designing and making products, including structures, food products, mechanisms and textiles. Our DT curriculum provides the children with opportunities to undertake research, share ideas, investigate and explore, develop their ideas, make products and evaluate their work as well as being given opportunities to reflect upon past and present technology, its uses and effectiveness. We aim wherever possible to make links to other subjects such as computing, maths and art and encourage our children to be confident innovators and risk-takers.

"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


At Ashcott Primary School we teach the knowledge, skills and understanding which the children need in order to engage in the process of designing and making. To ensure high standards of teaching and learning we implement a language rich curriculum that aims to be progressive throughout the whole school. We use our school focus ‘Secrets’s of Success’ to imbed the principles of learning throughout the school. Our curriculum enables the children to design and create products that consider function, purpose and which are relevant to the world around them. Throughout the year and through a variety of creative and practical activities the children are taught how to:

Design: using research to investigate and analyse existing products and develop design criteria to inform the design of products that are functional and appealing.

Make: selecting from and using a range of tools and equipment. Enabling them to perform practical tasks, safely and accurately. Using a range of materials, ingredients and components appropriately and according to their function, aesthetic properties and taste where appropriate.

Evaluate: evaluating their ideas and products against the design criteria, using the views of others to consider how they could improve their work.


We ensure that the children learn how to take risks, become resourceful, innovative and capable citizens ready to apply their skills in the wider world.