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Design Technology (DT)


Our Design Technology Subject Leader is Mrs Jones-Brooks


DT is all about solving real and relevant  problems


“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks.

But of course, if you look deeper, it’s really how it works.”

 Steve Jobs


“Technology makes possibilities. Design makes solutions.”

John Maeda


Why is Design Technology important at Northfield?

Design Technology prepares our children to deal with tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. It encourages children to become independent, creative problem-solvers and thinkers as individuals and as part of a team - making positive changes to their quality of life. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and by making products and systems. Through the study of Design and technology at Northfield, they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices. This allows them to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts. Design and Technology helps all  our children to become astute and informed future consumers and potential innovators.


What does Design Technology look like at Northfield? 



At Northfield Primary School, we value Design Technology as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Design and Technology is taught through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the  knowledge, understanding, skills and vocabulary needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making.We engage our children through activities which involve investigating and evaluating existing products, focussed tasks in which children develop particular aspects of knowledge and skills and then designing and making in which the children design and make ‘something’ for ‘somebody’ for ‘some purpose’. We ensure that the teaching of Design and Technology at Northfield  supports the social development of our children through the way we expect them to learn with each other.


What do the children at Northfield think about Design Technology? 

''I liked choosing my own materials, I chose nylon to make my cape because its flexible.''    Year 1 

''I know how to cook and I know it's important to wash my hands.''         Year 2 

''To be hygienic in the kitchen you have got to wash your hands properly and clean everywhere I am cooking.''    Year 2 

''I like how we get to taste lots of different food and evaluate them.''     Year 3 

''I know how to measure ingredients using cups and tbsp.''     Year 4 

''I know that you have to measure accurate or it wont be precise.''     Year 5 

''I enjoyed using the hacksaw to cut my wood.''   Year 6

'' Mr Rose taught us how to cut our wood safely using a hacksaw and a bench hook.'' Year 6 


Our Design Technology Ambassadors 

Joe Impey 

Kenley Bartrop

George McMichael 

Lucy Addinell 


Design Technology in Key Stage 1 
Design Technology in Key Stage 2

Our Design and Technology Policy

Our Design and Technology Progression Document

Our Design and Technology Action Plan