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Design and Technology


Design Technology Curriculum Statement


At Hawthorne Primary, we want our children to be able to exercise their creativity through the process of designing, making and evaluating. It is our vision to prepare the children to deal with tomorrows’ rapidly changing world. The intent is for Design and Technology to be taught in all year groups through at least one topic per term, which includes a topic relating to food. The teaching methods also aim to encourage them to become independent, creative problem solvers and thinkers - both as individuals and members of a team. Our children are taught to combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make a product. Skills are taught progressively to ensure that all children are able to learn and practice, in order to develop as they move through the school. Evaluation is used as an integral part of the design process and allows children to become more resilient learners - adapting and improving their designs as they go along. We provide opportunities for children to apply their knowledge and skills learned in other subjects, particularly Maths, Science and Art. Children will also learn basic cooking skills. We monitor our schools progress in DT regularly through staff meetings and action plans.


  • Key skills and knowledge have been mapped across the school to ensure progression between year groups.
  • Ensuring there is a context and research so that the children learn about real life structures
  • Assessment to inform planning
  • DT activity days which involve the parents
  • Involved in enterprise days with Nottingham Girls School
  • Teachers are encouraged to plan in trips or invite external providers to further enhance the children’s learning.
  • Key specific language is modelled
  • Staff are informed of the latest resources and updates in DT through regular networks
  • Staff are given the opportunity to have training if any areas that they are not confident in.


  • Children enjoy and are enthusiastic about DT in our school.
  • Children’s work shows a range of topics and evidence of the curriculum coverage for all DT with clear progression.
  • Children are becoming increasingly independent in DT, selecting their own tools and materials and evaluating their own products against their own set criteria.
  • Feedback from teachers with next step questions to further progress learning at all levels.
  • Standards in DT at the end of the key stages are good and issues arising are addressed effectively in school through staff meetings
  • Children are able to apply their knowledge to new situations through DT days and Enterprise days at other schools.
  • Children are using DT vocabulary in their explanations/work and are relating their knowledge to other areas.