Southfield Junior School

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Design Technology at southfield

Design Technology Intent

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous, and practical subject. At Southfield we encourage children to learn and think creatively whilst participating in high quality talk and problem solving with others. The children use their creatively and imagination to help design and make products that solve real problems within a variety of contexts linked to the overarching topic as well as providing the children with opportunities to think and learn about equality and acceptance in the world they live. We make strong cross curricular links with other subjects such as art and ICT, giving the children the skills to be citizens in our digital world, as well as using our outdoor learning facilities to help bring the subject to life. The children are given the opportunity to reflect and evaluate on past and present designs as well as their own work looking at its effectiveness and how well it solves the original problem.

Design Technology Implementation

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the designing and making process. This is supported by our tapestry approach to learning where subjects are woven together to allow them to support each other and links to be made. The curriculum is carefully planned to allow for progression of skills through the age groups.

When designing and making the children are taught to:


Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose aimed at the target market.

Generate, develop and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, diagrams, computer aided design and prototypes.


Select from a wide range of tools and equipment to perform required tasks accurately.

Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities.


Investigate and analyse a range of existing products.

Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others in their work.

Understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shaped the world.

Technical knowledge

Apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures.

Understand and use mechanical and electrical systems in their products.


Teachers selectively choose key questions to deepen the children’s knowledge. Lessons are carefully designed to allow children time to practice, refine and apply the skills independently as well as in groups. The timetabling of learning is flexible and allows teachers to plan a personalised approach which best suits their class. Quality literature, outdoor learning and technology are expertly utilised to craft skills of all children. Curriculum teams continually support, monitor, enhance and update subjects to ensure learning is relevant and progressive and that outcomes are based on the audience and purpose of the task.