Design Technology

Design technology Curriculum Intent


At Christ Church we aim to give each child the opportunity to question, investigate, problem solve, make and evaluate through Design and Technology projects which help them to answer questions about the world they live in.

When designing and making, the children are taught to:

• use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups.
• generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design.

• select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks (for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing, as well as chopping and slicing) accurately.
• select from and use a wider range of materials, ingredients and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties, aesthetic qualities and, where appropriate, taste.

• investigate and analyse a range of existing products.
• evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.
• understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world.

Technical knowledge:
• apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures.
• understand and use mechanical systems in their products.
• understand and use electrical systems in their products.
• apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products
• Understand some of the ways that food can be processed and the effect of different cooking practices (including baking and grilling).


Children will build upon their skills as they progress through the school drawing on their knowledge of Maths, Science, Computing and Art to help them to create and design imaginatively when approaching practical problems. They will be encouraged and supported to become innovators and risk-takers who can learn from mistakes and know how to make changes to improve their work.


We hope to foster inquisitive minds, and guide our children to become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens who will one day pave the way for becoming the engineers, designers and builders of the future.