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Design & Technology


At Abel Smith, art should be fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to:

  • 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


  • DT is taught by classroom teachers who lead the children through the designing, making and evaluating process throughout a range of activities, where possible linked to the History, Geography or Science topics being studied. 
  • Teachers plan lessons for their class using our progression of knowledge and skills documents. The progression document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group.
  • Children are initially engaged in their topic via a memorable experience, such as visiting an art gallery, before learning key knowledge and skills through a ‘Develop’ stage.  
  • At the end of each DT block, the children will apply their skills through an 'innovate' project before reflecting on their learning at the end of the project.  DT projects are showcased with parents and governors at the end of each block.


Children are taught to:

  • Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • Select from and use a wide range of materials and components to perform practical tasks; explore and evaluate a range of existing products as well as their ideas and products against design criteria
  • Explore and use different mechanisms and systems.
  • Understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet
  • Prepare and cook a variety of dishes using a range of cooking techniques
  • Understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.


In Early Years, DT is incorporated consistently into daily routines and is used to enhance continuous provision in addition to being taught as a stand-alone subject. 


  • Children are able to enjoy DT, in a variety of ways, and through a range of activities either as designer, maker or evaluator.
  • They can generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas using a range of strategies.
  • They can select from and use a wider range of materials and components and use them to create their designs.
  •  They can evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.
  • They can understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world.