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Design Technology

Design Technology (DT) is a foundation subject of the National Curriculum.


Here at Barcroft our DT curriculum is linked to this framework, which provides a holistic and cross-curricular approach to learning. Our DT curriculum prepares the children with the key life skills which they will need throughout their life into adulthood, enabling individual development. DT requires the children to develop an inquisitive mindset and to challenge and question the way they look at the world around them. Children become problem solvers through practical tasks, using their creativity and imagination. The children will develop their enquiry, inquisitive and creative minds and links to industry, commerce and business. They will develop their  teamwork, leadership and resilience when working with others.


Our DT curriculum is taught through topics where the children will learn a different element of DT each topic. There are 5 elements to DT

  1. Construction
  2. Mechanism
  3. Cooking and Nutrition
  4. Woodwork
  5. Sewing and Textiles


During the topic the children will learn through  first-hand experiences where teachers encourage children to take control of their own learning.


In Early Years, Design Technology is taught through the subject Expressive Arts and Design. The children access DT through their play, continuous provision and also through adult-led activities for a range of topics across the year, as well as in the weekly circle time discussions. 


The fundamental skills, knowledge and concept are explored throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Children study;

  • Design – design purposeful, functional and appealing products.
  • Make – select and use a range of tools and equipment.
  • Evaluate – Explore and evaluate products and ideas.
  • Technical knowledge – build structures, explore different ideas, use mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Cooking and Nutrition – Understand basic principles of a healthy diet and nutrition, acquire basic cooking skills and techniques.


Mr P Guy

Design Technology Leader

Please use the link below to view the Design Technology Policy:

Special Educational Needs

Please see the document on how Barcroft ensure all children, including those with SEND and additional needs provide a curriculum which is tailored to all children.

For more information on what your child learns in the weekly/fortnightly Design Technology (DT) sessions and Topics, please see the year group medium term plans below...

Useful website links to develop your Design Technology skills and learning;


KS1 Bitesize -

KS1 Top Marks - 


KS2 Bitesize -

KS2 - Top Marks-

All Year Groups -

Library of modelling ideas - 

Food Technology information - 

Lots more interesting DT information -

Lego Construction -

Key Information Graphic