Design & Technology

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at St Elisabeth's CE Primary School

The skills taught through the four strands of Design Technology enable the pupils at St Elisabeth's CE Primary to become innovative risk-takers with skills in structures, mechanisms, textiles and food that will assist them for life as an individual and as part of a team. This subject provides the pupils with the knowledge of industry and how products have stood the test of time. It then allows them to evaluate, create and problem-solve products for future use. This curriculum encourages pupils to look at products and to consider and understand the needs and wants of the desired audience and the value of products during their design stages. The pupils will evaluate the products for their sustainability and longevity, creating products to inspire the future development in Design Technology.

How do we teach Design and Technology?

The Design Technology curriculum is taught through three strands of structures and mechanisms, textiles and nutrition.

At each level, it provides the children with a secure knowledge of product design, production and evaluation. Broad links with science, computing, mathematics, history, art and P.E. facilitate the Design Technology curriculum in ensuring children have the knowledge and skills required to survive and succeed in an ever-changing world.

Structure and Mechanisms

Structure and mechanisms enables children to take historical product design to a new level. Through innovative design children can learn basic mechanics that show how products work efficiently and can evolve to become something useful in a modern world.


Textiles gives children the ability to be self-sufficient and creative. Learning about textiles and the many practical uses it has, the skills development in this unit allows pupils to be expressive and create items that are multi-purpose and that are sustainable for the future.


Nutrition provides children with knowledge of food, its production and health benefits. The unit initially supports children in the safe practice of preparing food and develops them into competent self-sufficient cooks. The nutrition unit provides them with knowledge of food, basic store-cupboard recipes to create a multitude of dishes and the ability to meal plan and substitute ingredients according to the season and availability.


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