Design and Technology


The national curriculum for design and technology 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 Short Heath, Design & Technology are taught in a cross-curricular way through our Creative Curriculum. We believe that this makes learning more purposeful and allows children to make links in their learning between different subjects.
We have developed a whole school progression of skills in these subjects which ensure that children make good progress in their understanding of the content of their curriculum and their ability to apply their developing skills in a range of contexts.

Download: PRIMARY D&T Curriculum:


Useful websites:

Alternative technologies -
The Centre for Alternative Technologies considers the environmental approach to technology.

CAD/CAM in Schools -
Site promoting the government initiative to ensure all UK secondary schools have access to CAD/CAM facilities. Offers licensing and training courses for Prodesktop, ArtCam and Speedstep software. Includes a showcase showing off pupils' achievements.

Cool Text -
From glitzy logos to funky fonts, cooltext provides a selection of free design tools for students working on design and packaging skills, and teachers preparing course material.

D & T Online -
A collaboration between a number of professional agencies. Glossaries and advice sit alongside interactive materials such as the PCB builder which allows students to construct circuit boards. The packaging designer is also good.

The Design and Technology Association -
Publications, resources, information on the association's CAD/CAM initiative, and a chance to join an informal network of educators interested in the values of D&T education. You'll also find details on training and professional development, and a useful primary section with dedicated projects and resources.

Food and Drink Federation websites:

Foodlink -

Foodfitness -

Foodfuture -
All three of these sites are produced by the FDF, and all offer balanced and intelligent perspectives on food safety (Foodlink), healthy eating (Foodfitness) and the GM debate (Foodfuture).

Food Technology -
A comprehensive examination of all aspects of food technology for key stage four students and teachers, including food science, processes, business, and ICT in product development and manufacturing. Offers online analytical tools, direct links with industry professionals and case studies supported by video clips.

How stuff works -
Detailed information on the workings of a huge range of products and inventions. Useful from Key Stage 2 and upwards.

IDEERS eathquake engineering competition -
Developed by the Earthquake Engineering Research Centre at Bristol University, IDEERS - Introducing and Demonstrating Earthquake Engineering Research in Schools - includes a competition to make models of earthquake-resistant structures.

Formula 1 in Schools technology challenge -
The F1 Challenge involves designing and building a model racing car and competing with schools around the country.

Mechanical toys -
Devoted to creating mechanically or kinetically powered toys, this site puts rubber bands, springs, flywheels and gravity to good use. Great activities.

Technology teaching ideas -
A short list of ideas for classroom-based technology lessons. Some good suggestions, but there aren't really enough of them.