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Skegby Junior Academy

Design and Technology

Subject Intent

Here at Skegby Junior Academy, we recognise the value that a high-quality design and technology curriculum can offer to our pupils. All pupils are exposed to an exceptional learning challenge curriculum, that encourages them to ask questions and be curious about their learning. Design and technology is purposeful, and connected to their wider learning topics continuing to further their breadth of knowledge as well as their inquisitiveness. Our design and technology curriculum encourages children to practice the 5Rs, it opens their eyes to the world beyond their immediate environment and enables our children to become problem solvers. Our pupils learn about the designed and made world, how things work and learn to design and make functional products for particular purposes and users.


Design and Technology education helps develop children’s skills through collaborative working and problem- solving, and knowledge in design, materials, structures, mechanisms and electrical control. They are encouraged to be innovative and are actively encouraged to think about important issues such as sustainability and enterprise.

National Curriculum Aims for Design and Technology

The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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.
Subject Implementation

Our design and technology lessons encourage the designing and making of products to solve real and relevant problems, linking directly with our over-arching learning challenge curriculum. Our pupils learn to select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics. Additionally, our whole school termly programme of designers enables children to be exposed to an especially wide range of high quality design(ers), and become increasingly able to discuss and critique examples of design.


National Curriculum Design Technology Programmes of Study: