Design & Technology

What is the intent of Design & Technology in our School? 

Design and Technology at Cranfield Church of England Academy is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject, encouraging children to intervene creatively to solve problems through the acquisition of knowledge and skills, preparing them for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for later life.

How is Design & Technology implemented in our school?

The teaching of Design Technology takes place within our Creative Curriculum, in which teachers create well planned and resourced projects and experiences. All teaching of DT should follow the design, make and evaluate cycle. Each stage should be rooted in technical knowledge. Children design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, which draws upon subject knowledge and skills within Mathematics, Science, History, Computing and Art. Children learn to take risks, be reflective, innovative, enterprising and resilient. Through the evaluation of past and present technology they can reflect upon the impact of Design Technology on everyday life and the wider world. In addition, food technology is implemented across the school with children developing an understanding of where food comes from, the importance of a varied and healthy diet and how to prepare this.

Early Years Foundation Stage:

During the EYFS pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities.

Key Stage 1:

Design: rooted in real life, relevant contexts to give meaning to the learning. Planned through appropriate formats: drawing, templates, talking and mock-ups.

Make: Children should be given a range of tools for their projects to choose from. They should use a wide range of materials and components; textiles, construction equipment and ingredients.

Evaluate: consider existing products and their own products against design criteria.

Key Stage 2:

Design: Rooted in real life, relevant contexts to give meaning to the learning. Researched designs based on functional, appealing products with purpose. Planned by appropriate methods; annotated sketches, cross-sectional diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer aided design.

Make: Children can select from a wider range of tools than KS1. They should use from and select a wider range of materials and components; textiles, construction equipment and ingredients.

Evaluate: Evaluations should be in comparison to existing products. Children should evaluate against design criteria. They should understand how key events and individuals have helped shape design and technology globally – products are in context!


EYFS pupils' progress and attainment is tracked using the Early Assessment tracker system, telling us whether each individual child is below expected, at expected or above expected attainment for their age. Assessment of all children's learning in Design Technology is an ongoing monitoring of children's understanding, knowledge and skills by the class teacher, throughout lessons. This assessment is then used to inform differentiation, support and challenge required by the children. It is used to inform further planning in line with our Creative Curriculum linked to the National Curriculum. Skills and knowledge are assessed each term against the Cranfield Curriculum objectives (Stepping Stones) and reported in subject leader analysis reports.

Where can I get further information?

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to speak to your child's teacher.

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