Design & Technology

At the Cooperative Education East Trust, we value Design Technology (DT) as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. DT allows children to solve problems, think creatively and develop ideas. Our Design Technology curriculum inspires creativity and imagination. Children are encouraged to consider real life problems; designing, making and evaluating products, considering product purpose and user. We aim to inspire pupils to be innovative and creative and have an appreciation for the products they design and evaluate. Through our curriculum, we provide opportunities for our children to research past
and present designs and designers, understanding the impact these products have on daily life. Our curriculum allows children to develop technical knowledge linked to structures, mechanisms, textiles and
food technology. They also have the opportunity to develop skills using various tools while considering accuracy and safety.
The national curriculum for DT aims to ensure that all pupils:

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

2. 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

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

4. understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

The teaching and implementation of the DT Curriculum at the Cooperative Education East Trust is based on the National Curriculum.
We utilise the schemes of work from Kapow, linking work completed to our foundation topics to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject.

Design and technology curriculum document