Downe Manor Primary School

Downe Manor, where everybody has the opportunity to be inspired to reach their full potential through memorable learning experiences

Design and Technology

Our vision for Design and Technology is that all children creatively design and make products that solve real and relevant problems skills through an enquiry approach.

Design and Technology is about providing opportunity for children to use creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others' needs.

Making mistakes is a huge part of Design and Technology and integral to learning.

Children should also develop skills alongside the design process related to food technology, woodwork, sewing, moving mechanisms and more.

Each year group takes part in one Design and Technology topic per term and one of these topics is food related. Food technology and cooking skills are also taught one or two other times throughout the year. This may be linked with other subjects or also have a Design focus. Cooking is enhanced further through other special weeks like International Week or Heath Week.

Characteristics of designers

  • Significant levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.
  • An excellent attitude to learning and independent working.
  • The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others. 
  • The ability to carry out through research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of user's needs.
  • The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.
  • A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
  • The ability to apply mathematical knowledge.
  • The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.
  • A passion for the subject and knowledge of up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems.


Click here for the Design and Technology long term plan