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Design & Technology

At Woodside, our design and technology curriculum makes connections between other subjects such as mathematics, science, computing, art and English. Our children use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that respond to a given real-life brief which develops their understanding of how design and technology impacts on our lives and the wider world. We want our children to be the innovators of the future and to understand that they can, through design and technology, contribute to the wellbeing of themselves and others. In line with the National Curriculum for design and technology, our intent is that all children:

  • 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

Characteristics of a designer

  • have the knowledge, understanding and skills to engage in designing and making in response to a brief and design criteria
  • design appealing and functional products for themselves and others
  • apply knowledge, understanding and skills in a variety of contexts including at home, in school and in the community
  • develop, model and communicate ideas in a variety of ways including verbally, through drawing, sketching, modelling or mock-ups, or through ICT
  • select and use a range of appropriate materials, ingredients, tools and resources
  • explore and evaluate their own ideas and products
  • understand how key individuals or events in design and technology have helped shape the world
  • are creative and innovative 

How we teach D&T at Woodside This has been developed with reflection upon the National Curriculum (2014) and Kapow

Our Nursery and Reception staff work closely with subject teams to ensure our curriculum is carefully planned from Nursery through to Year 6. 

Aspirations for the future Careers, hobbies and interests

  • Graphic designer
  • Interior designer
  • Clothes designer
  • Production artist
  • Kitchen & bathroom designer
  • Web developer
  • Draughtsperson
  • Chef
  • Wardrobe designer
  • Photographer