Design and Technology

What does DT look like at Manor Park Primary?  

Every child at Manor Park Primary Academy engages in quality Design and Technology education from their entry into Nursery until the end of KS2 in Year 6.  

In the Early Years, DT is incorporated consistently into daily routines and is used to enhance continuous provision in addition to being taught as a stand-alone subject.  

In KS1 and KS2, pupils participate in curriculum DT lessons which could be grouped together to form a DT day or 4 separate 1hr lessons. 

What is Manor Park trying to achieve through its DT curriculum? (Intent)

Linking together the ‘Processes’, ‘Creativity’, ‘Investigation’ and ‘Materials’ Big ideas in the Cornerstones Maestro tool,  The National Curriculum for DT aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world

  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users

  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others  

  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook


At Manor Park Primary Academy the intention is to provide a DT curriculum which will enable each child to reach their full potential in DT by gaining a firm understanding of what DT is through designing, making, evaluating and building their technical knowledge. This takes place through a variety of activities and topics which are relevant and engaging, and which build links to the children’s other learning.


Our objective at Manor Park Primary Academy is to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of DT, and an unbiased respect for the different roles that DT may take in any person’s life.  Children should show an understanding of the different styles of DT and be able to use these to express their ideas and understandings.


We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of DT in the wider community, and are able to use their DT skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in DT, in a variety of different contexts, throughout their lives.

How is Manor Park’s curriculum being delivered? (Implementation)

The DT curriculum (which is primarily delivered by class teachers using topic based sessions within the Cornerstones curriculum) ensures children design, make, evaluate, and build their technical knowledge. This is embedded in a range of classroom activities as well as taking place in special workshops or trips throughout the year.


DT is taught by classroom teachers who lead the children through the designing, making and evaluating process throughout a range of activities linked to the Cornerstones topics taught.  Children are taught to design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria; select from and use a wide range of materials and components to perform practical tasks; explore and evaluate a range of existing products as well as their ideas and products against design criteria; and explore and use different mechanisms and systems. They are also taught to understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet; prepare and cook a variety of dishes using a range of cooking techniques; understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.


In the classroom children learn how to follow the design process to design, make, and evaluate an object. In doing so the children understand the process that can be applied to create or improve a design or object and are able to make their own designs and have them evaluated by others.


In the classroom children also learn about food, and the principles of a healthy and varied diet. They learn where food comes from, understand seasonality and where ingredients are grown, and are given opportunities to use these skills to create a range of healthy foods with their peers. This allows them to build on their knowledge of different foods as well as develop some fundamental cooking skills which they can develop throughout their time at school.


In addition to these opportunities, the DT curriculum is further promoted and enhanced through workshops and special activities, which take place linked to the Cornerstones topics where appropriate. They also have the opportunity to build on their cooking and sewing skills in KS2 clubs, in which they can spend an extended period focusing on one project or activity to deepen their understanding.

What difference is Manor Park’s curriculum making? (Impact)

Whilst in school, children have access to a varied programme, which allows children to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. 


The engaging and hands-on nature of DT creates an environment which the children may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. DT will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world.


Children are able to enjoy DT, in a variety of ways, and through a range of activities either as designer, maker or evaluator. They can generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas using a range of strategies. They can select from and use a wider range of materials and components and use them to create their designs. They can evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work. They can understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world. They have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.

‘Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject’ 

(The National Curriculum)

DT is effective in our school when children in:        


Know how to sing familiar and favourite songs and how to use musical instruments to make different sounds

Understand how design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories can be used to express their own ideas, thoughts and feelings

Be confident and creative designers, able to experiment with colour, design, texture, form and function to achieve a planned effect


Know how to select and use a range of tools and equipment to make products, and be able to confidently explain their choices

Understand how to evaluate ideas and products against a simple criteria and suggest improvements

Be confident and creative designers, able to communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and information and communication technology


Know how to select from and use a wide range of materials, ingredients, components and tools according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities

Understand how to investigate, analyse and evaluate ideas and products, and understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world

Be confident and creative designers, able to communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design

‘High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.’ 

(The National Curriculum)

What opportunities does our DT curriculum offer our children?      

  • Activities linked with children’s topic learning, based on the Cornerstones units of work

  • DT workshops run by outside organisations where linked to children’s learning

  • KS2 Sewing club 

  • KS2 Cooking club

At Manor Park we work closely with the Cornerstones curriculum which details engaging and relevant DT activities which support the children within their topics, and ensures that the standards for DT are high and are achieved through engaging and well-supported lessons