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Catholic Primary School

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At Holy Family, we want our children to develop a critical understanding of design and technology and its impact on daily life and the wider world. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines, such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. We want to ensure that all children have the opportunity to understand and apply their knowledge of food and nutrition and learn how to prepare food equipping them with basic lifelong skills for the future



In order to achieve these aims, Design and Technology will be taught both as an individual subject and integrated within other areas of the curriculum. The themes of work will cover the key skills and National Curriculum Programmes of Study. The basis for teaching Design and Technology will be focused on five main threshold concepts:


The five threshold concepts/areas in DT are

  • Textiles
  • Mechanisms
  • Structures
  • Electrical Systems (Key Stage 2)
  • Food and nutrition


 All these concepts will follow the same path: 

  • design work, including planning and communicating ideas.
  • making, including working with tools, materials and components.
  • evaluating work, including 
  • technical knowledge, including knowledge and understanding of materials and components 


It is intended that all classes work within these areas in order to promote the continuous development of each aspect allowing children to acquire and develop skills and knowledge. 




Children at Holy Family will be able to meet or exceed the expected outcomes for Design Technology as outlined in the National Curriculum. Be inspired to ask questions, solve problems and are excited about Design Technology. Io see the relevance of what they learn in lessons to real-life situations and contexts. To recognise the importance of technology in the wider world. The children will be well equipped to use these skills across other areas of learning that will allow them to progress in their learning as they move away from primary education.