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Design & Technology

We are Designers!
Make Technical   Knowledge   Evaluate   Design   Cooking & Nutrition

Purpose of Study

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 in a variety of contexts. They acquire a broad range of subject-knowledge and draw on other disciplines e.g., maths, computing, science, and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, and enterprising. Through the evaluation of design past and present, they understand the contribution that high-quality design and technology has on the creativity, culture, wealth, and well-being of a nation.

Who is the Five Spires Designer?

The Five Spires Designer understands the iterative nature of the design process and uses this to research, design, communicate, make, and evaluate a range of prototypes and products. They are resourceful, innovative, and bold and can suggest ways to solve real and relevant problems. The Five Spires Designer has a wide repertoire of skills and can apply this understanding to a range of contexts eg mechanical systems, electrical systems and structures. They understand the principles of nutrition and can apply this to meal design.

Five Spires Academy Curriculum Rationale

  • Purposeful, hands-on and engaging learning opportunities encourage understanding of the iterative process; 
  • Objectives across all strands revisited and embedded within and across year groups and key stages to ensure cumulative fluency;
  • Meaningful links made across subject areas to promote cross-curricular thinking;
  • Pupils’ character development underpinned by transferable skills e.g., being resourceful, resilient, and innovative.

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 learn how to cook.


Whole School Curriculum Map - DT
Subject Sequence - DT