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Design Technology

Posted On 09 Jan 2023
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Design and Technology Substantive Knowledge

By the end of Key Stage Two, children at Braeburn will be able to: prepare ingredients safely and hygienically and cook nutritious food. They will be able to design their own products using a range of materials and evaluate their product against success criteria. The children will generate their own product ideas by reflecting upon existing products and then developing prototypes. Finally, in order to make successful products, the children will have a secure understanding of mechanical structures, such as: gears, pulley systems and levers.

Design and Technology Disciplinary Knowledge

Children from Braeburn will be able to participate fully in an increasingly technological world and have an understanding of how to be critical and reflective consumers. They will be able to use their practical, creative and reflective skills to become consumers and innovators who are well informed and can use their own skills to develop products for the future


Our DT sequence starts with pupils being given a project title. Pupils explore existing products and evaluate what design features make them successful. There are lessons which focus on the knowledge and skills needed for the making stage.


The children then plan their product using specific design criteria and with a target audience in mind to ensure that the project has relevance and purpose. Designs are generated and communicated through talking, drawing and, where appropriate information and communication technology


Pupils select from and use a range of tools, textiles and ingredients to successfully implement their design. During this process, children are taught to follow relevant safety and hygiene processes.


Children evaluate their ideas and products against specific design criteria.  Pupils also use evaluations to reflect upon opportunities for improvement. Pupils use their online learning journal ‘Seesaw’ to evidence all parts of the sequence.

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