Design & Technology

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc.        

Design Technology Intent

Design and technology is an inspiring, demanding and practical subject. At Rice Lane we aim to encourage children to use creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We aim to inspire children to be innovative and critical thinkers who have an appreciation of the 3-part design process, design, make and evaluate and apply this to each project they undertake. The children acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as maths, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils develop the confidence to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens who are able to meet design criteria, model, test and be reflective when evaluating their own and other’s work. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education at Rice Lane makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation, encouraging the children to become resourceful citizens who will have the skills to contribute to future design advancements.


Design Technology topics are informed by the national curriculum and are sensitive to children’s interests, as well as making links with other subject topics in Geography, History and Science and establishing real contexts for the children’s work. The DT curriculum at Rice Lane is carefully planned and sequenced to ensure that current learning is linked to previous learning and that the school’s approaches are informed by current pedagogy. It is constructed around the strands of DT including: Textiles, Mechanisms, Structures, Computer aided design and food technology to ensure children build a coherent skill set from EYFS through Key stage one and two. We shall ensure the Design Technology curriculum is accessible to all and that any gaps caused by the impact of Covid are addressed and children remain fully engaged and build knowledge and skills over time.

An outstanding Design Technology pupil needs:

  • To be able to investigate existing products, test and analyse their effectiveness.
  • To understand and use different methods of manufacture.
  • To create plans using different methods such as labelled diagram, exploded diagram, annotated sketch etc.
  • To use a design brief to create a successful product.
  • To think about the problems that may occur and how to overcome them.
  • To use technical language and subject specific words accurately.
  • To share their knowledge and skills and effectively evaluate theirs and others work.

Key Concepts taught through our design technology curriculum

Our Design Technology curriculum at Rice Lane Primary has been designed and sequenced so that the children build upon their knowledge through key concepts that are taught throughout the DT curriculum from EYFS to Year 6. Our key concepts are as follows:

  • Design
  • Nutrition
  • Technology
  • Data
  • Evaluate
  • Functionality
  • Innovation


6 Important things to remember when teaching and learning about D&T at Rice Lane

  1. User – who are you making it for?
  2. Purpose – what is it for?
  3. Design – have design decisions been made?
  4. Work / Function – Does it work? Can you use it?
  5. Innovation – Have you used some original ideas to design your product?
  6. Authentic – Is it real or a gimmick? Does it work?