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Design & Technology




Aspirations For The Future!

Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs.


Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as a Designer:




Jewellery designer



For more career ideas, please visit First Careers.




At Woodhouse West, we aim to develop the following concepts through the progressive teaching of design and technology knowledge, skills and understanding. These concepts are based on the requirements of the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.


Pupils will become increasingly competent in designing, making and evaluating products. They will investigate how design has been used to solve problems and create products and structures in the real world, including the techniques used by designers to improve looks and functionality. They will have the opportunity to design their own products in response to design briefs, learn and experiment with a range of techniques before making and evaluating products.




DT Concepts


Pupils will gain an understanding of how different mechanisms work, evaluate products with different mechanisms and design and make working products to fit a design brief. They will gain the technical knowledge needed to make different mechanisms work effectively.



Pupils will gain the technical knowledge needed to work with textiles such as stitching, sewing and threading. They will study textile designs and how to make products which are practical as well as stylish and then apply this learning to their own designs and products.



Pupils will learn the technical knowledge used by designers to make structures which are strong and stable. They will learn and apply strengthening techniques, explore the benefits of different shapes and materials and apply this to their own designs and products.



Pupils will learn how electronics and digital technologies are used when designing and creating products. They will gain the technical knowledge needed to programme devises and to make use of electric circuits including switches to power and control a product.




Pupils will learn where food comes from and how nutritional information can be used to plan a balanced and healthy diet. They will also learn techniques needed to prepare and cook food safely and design dishes and meals for specific purposes.


Curriculum Progression- Design and Technology



The impact of our curriculum is measured in terms of the extent to which pupils have developed new knowledge, understanding and skills and that they can use and recall this with fluency.  

This will be measured by:

  • Lesson observations and book looks
  • Subject review, feedback and action plans
  • Pupil voice – questionnaires, pupil book reviews
  • Subject Leader monitoring – Lesson visits, scrutiny of books, assessment, pupil interviews and questionnaires
  • ASPIRE Awards
  • External reviews