Design & Technology


Together, led by passionate subject leaders who encourage us to ‘Let our Light Shine’, we develop our understanding of God's world. We explore how it has been created and developed by fellow humans in the past and across the globe, and marvel at the imagination of this planet.

Our Design & Technology curriculum is taught through our BOOKS approach allowing all our children to flourish in readiness for their next stage of learning.





What is Design and Technology ?

Design and Technology is about providing opportunities for students to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products.





Design and Technology is a way of learning, which spans and links the whole curriculum. In primary school it has its roots in imaginative play, art and science.  We want all children at Tarporley CE Primary School to think innovatively, to question and explore the practical world around them and to develop a positive and passionate approach to their learning, through creative design because at Tarporley CE everyone learns, everyone achieves and everyone matters! Teaching staff lead design technology lessons with a no ceiling approach to differentiation, taking into consideration the needs of children with SEND and the most able, enabling all children to access our challenging curriculum and to feel confident in their design decisions. Children understand how to apply their technical knowledge and justify their design decisions using key vocabulary, initial designs, mock-ups, prototypes and functional products from the conceptual through to the constructional, avoiding design fixation. We want to instil this ethos at the heart of all good design - to design, test, make and evaluate...


                                            something.......... for someone........... for some purpose.


We aim to help our children at Tarporley develop: enjoyment and pride in their technological and creative abilities; a keen and passionate interest in creating functional and user-focused designs and products; communication, cooperation and collaboration skills; confidence, perseverance and the ability to critically self-reflect and evaluate their design decisions, making valuable connections across the curriculum. We want children to challenge themselves with innovative and bold design, applying an iterative, problem-solving approach alongside critical thinking to show a deeper understanding of the design process. 



At Tarporley CE Primary School we use the National Curriculum for Design and Technology and our scheme 'Projects on a Page',  the development of Design and Technology proficiency at Tarporley Primary is achieved through opportunities and experiences across a broad curriculum. Our curriculum enables pupils to take part in a wide range of practical activities directly concerned with:

  • identifying needs

  • generating ideas

  • planning and designing

  • making and testing

  • evaluating and reflecting

All of these key disciplinary skills are realised through design projects which explore and use of a variety of mediums and materials such as textiles, construction, sheet materials, mechanisms, computer-aided design (CAD) and cooking and nutrition. 

Following an iterative design process is key to enabling children to evaluate and adjust their designs and products. We achieve this through various approaches such as: the use of handling displays for children to explore existing designs and products; well-structured lessons allowing time for exploration, discussion, practice and research; designing a product for a specific audience or 'client' in mind; cross-curricular links that allow children to make connections between subjects and with real-life situations and problems that may need a design solution; whole school Design and Technology afternoons aimed to support children working collaboratively.

Our Design and Technology curriculum is continually being developed, improved and reviewed to ensure we can offer the most up to date, exciting and challenging lessons for all pupils. All Tarporley CE teachers are now members of the Design & Technology Association (DATA) and have access to design industry professionals, experienced design educators and a wealth of design and technology training that can be disseminated throughout the teaching staff. Through a considered curriculum, teachers can ensure that children at Tarporley CE build upon the skills and knowledge acquired in KS1, gaining confidence and a deeper understanding as they progress through KS2 equipping them with the vital skills they will need going into KS3 and beyond. 



To assess what children have learnt more and remember more as they move through the design process, assessment for learning is embedded deeply across the school and can be seen in all year groups and in all lessons, meeting the needs of all children.  Pupils regularly share their design decisions through teacher-led and peer-based discussions. Children can demonstrate their understanding and develop their technical design skills demonstrating various points in the design cycle in working sketch/design books, reworking ideas and evaluating prototypes. Pupils complete assessment quadrants at the end of a design project to gauge their understanding and to assess their own progress. This also provides teachers with vital information that can be used to develop and improve the learning experience for all children at Tarporley CE.  


Through creativity and innovation, design and technology continue to shape our lives. Using an

activity-focused approach, a high-quality design and technology education should give

pupils opportunities to create, innovate, design, make and evaluate a variety of well-crafted

products. Pupils should be taught the technical skills and craftsmanship to execute practical tasks,

thereby developing confidence in using these skills.

The National Curriculum

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