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Design and Technology

Designing and making our future!

Design and Technology (D.T.) at St Anne's provides a motivating and meaningful context for using English, maths, science, art and computing knowledge and skills. The need to persevere is inherent in the study of D.T. and so it is a key subject in our pursuit of 'growth mindsets' across the school. 

The D.T. curriculum aims to give young people the skills and abilities to engage positively with the designed and made world and to harness the benefits of technology. The children learn how products and systems are designed and manufactured, how to be innovative and how to make creative use of a variety of resources including digital technologies, to improve the world around them.

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. Pupils learn how to take risks; as a result becoming more resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable. 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. D.T. also provides our children with the opportunity to work collaboratively for a purpose outside of the classroom.

  • Our Design and Technology curriculum aims to inspire pupils to cultivate clear aspirations for the future and enables them to realise that a career within the D&T ( and STEM) subject is achievable for them.
  • Through our curriculum, we aim to ignite inquisitive minds that are inspired by past and current inventions.
  • We want to inspire children to develop life skills which will be useful as children prepare for ongoing life – for example cooking, measuring, sewing and the safe use of different tools.
  • An inspirational and diverse range designers, inventors,  engineers and chefs are incorporated into lesson content and where possible visits from architects, chefs and engineers are invited in to our school to enhance lessons further.  


  • Children are encouraged to challenge themselves  and persevere with their D & T lessons. This enables them to become lifelong learners, fostering in them a positive mindset that embraces curiosity, resilience and a passion for continuous growth.
  • The curriculum and our St. Anne’s Learning Powers equip our learners with the knowledge and attitudes necessary to embrace new challenges, adapt to an ever-changing world, and thrive as individuals.
  • We aim to equip children with the technical vocabulary needed to enable them to articulately  evaluate products and communicate their design ideas effectively.


  • Our curriculum aims to cultivate courageous advocates among our pupils by promoting sustainability and nurturing a sense of responsibility for preserving the Earth's natural resources
  • The collaborative nature of D and T,  enable pupils to develop positive and healthy relationships and  mutual respect for differing opinions, beliefs and abilities of others.



  • Our curriculum aims to foster respect, an understanding and appreciation of the diverse beliefs and cultures of individuals within our local, national, and global community.
  • Our children learn how to become stewards of God’s earth by developing an ongoing respect for the sustainability of our environment.
  • Children learn how to care for and respect themselves; looking after their own physical and mental wellbeing by adhering to our  health and safety procedures.  


 Design and Technology in the Early Years

During the Early Years Foundation Stage pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult led activities. Adults plan DT activities linked to each topic (See curriculum overview). Child interests are also explored when they arise and are supported through next step planning. 

Children have the opportunity to support their child initiated play through the continuous provision which gives children access to a variety of DT resources.
Indoors -
Construction kits: small and large, junk modelling, deconstruction building, mobilo, duplo, Lego, small and large wooden black, straws and connectors. 
Cutting and joining resources: scissors, hole punches, hammers, nails, glue, sellotape, treasury tags, ribbon, split pins, wool, string, shape punches.

Media: paper, fabric card, bags, cardboard boxes, trays.

Embellishments: sequins, glitter, buttons, threads, pom poms, wool, ribbon, stickers. 

Outdoors: planks of wood, tyres, fabric, canes, crates, pegs, ropes, reels, large wooden bricks

Key Stage 1

Investigative and Evaluative Activities (IEAs), Focused Tasks (FTs) and Design, Make and Evaluate Assignment (DMEA) lessons.

Key Stage 2

Investigative and Evaluative Activities (IEAs), Focused Tasks (FTs) and Design, Make and Evaluate Assignment (DMEA) lessons.

Home Learning

St Anne's Design Technology Curriculum Overview 


Knowledge organisers 


These knowledge organisers identify the key information that your child will need to have learned by the end of their learning challenge. 


How do they help children? 

They provide the essential knowledge that children need to cover in their learning challenges and can be used as a reminder prompt during lessons or revision tools. 


How do they help parents?

They give you a clear understanding of what your child will be learning about each term and allow you to support and further their knowledge at home if you wish to. 


We have developed our own Knowledge Organisers to support the delivery of the curriculum which contains a list of technical vocabulary with definitions. 

Year 1 and Year 2 Knowledge Organisers

 care-mechanisms-sliders C2.docxDownload
 Challenge food and nutrition KS1.docxDownload
 challenge inspire-structures C2.docxDownload
 Inspire mechanisms wheels and axels KS1.docxDownload
 Respect Textiles KS1.docxDownload
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Year 3 and Year 4 Knowledge Organisers

 C2 Care-cooking-and-nutrition-lks2.docxDownload
 Care Textiles.docxDownload
 Challenge- Electrical Systems.docxDownload
 LKS2 challenge -linkage and levers C2.docxDownload
 Respect cooking and nutrition LKS2.docxDownload
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Year 5 and Year 6 Knowledge Organisers

 C2 care cooking and nutrition UKS2.docxDownload
 C2 Control and monitor Y5 and Y6.docxDownload
 Care textiles UKS2.docxDownload
 Challenge Frame structures.docxDownload
 Respect cooking and nutrition UKS2.docxDownload
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