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Design, Technology & Engineering

D&T in primary schools develops young children's skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control, and various materials, including food. D&T encourages children's creativity and encourages them to think about important issues. DATA (The Design & Technology Association)


At Mount Stewart, we encourage our pupils to creatively design, engineer and make products that solve real-life and relevant problems


At Mount Stewart, we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop the creative, technical, and practical expertise needed to confidently perform everyday tasks and participate in an increasingly technological world.
  • Gain an understanding of how significant designers have brought about change and the influence they have had.
  • Build and apply a bank of knowledge, understanding, and skills 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 fundamental principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.


We help our children at Mount Stewart develop:

  • Enjoyment and pride in their technological and creative abilities
  • A keen and passionate interest in creating functional and user-focused designs and products
  • Communication, cooperation and collaboration skills
  • Confidence, perseverance and the knowledge to critically self-reflect and evaluate their design decisions, making valuable connections across the curriculum. 


We want children to challenge themselves with innovative and bold design, applying an iterative, problem-solving approach alongside critical thinking to show a deeper understanding of the design process. 


The development of Design and Technology proficiency at Mount Stewart is achieved through opportunities and experiences across a broad curriculum using the National Curriculum for Design and Technology skills, attached below.


Each year group takes part in one Design and Technology topic per term, and one of these topics is food-related. Food technology and cooking skills are also taught at other points throughout the year. This may be linked with other subjects or also have a Design focus. Cooking is enhanced further through additional enrichment weeks.


These essential disciplinary skills are taught through exciting and engaging design projects. We have worked closely with STEM Ambassadors, who have helped us plan units that explore and use a variety of mediums and materials such as textiles, construction, sheet materials, mechanisms, computer-aided design (CAD), cooking and nutrition. 


Making mistakes is a massive part of Design and Technology and integral to learning. Children should also develop skills alongside the design process related to food technology, woodwork, sewing, moving mechanisms and more.


Assessment for learning is embedded deeply across the school and can be seen in all year groups and all lessons, meeting the needs of all children, assessing what they learnt more and remembering more as they move through the design process.  Pupils regularly share their design decisions through teacher-led and peer-based discussions. Children can demonstrate their understanding and develop their technical design skills demonstrating various points in the design cycle in working sketch/design books, reworking ideas and evaluating prototypes. Evaluations and assessments enable the children to understand and assess their progress. This also provides teachers with vital information that can develop and improve the learning experience for all children at Mount Stewart.  

D&T Skills Progression and Overviews