Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. 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 makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
Pupils are taught to
§ generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology
§ select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics
§ evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria
§ explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products.
Pupils are taught to
§ generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design
§ select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities
§ understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world
§ apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.
Pupils are taught to:
§ understand where food comes from.
§ understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.