Our core aims for DT are to ensure that all children:

  • To have an appreciation of Design and Technology
  • To be able to design their own designs using a specific design criterion
  • Evaluate, analyse and reflect about their own or other people’s work  
  • To develop and have their own opinions and preferences based on their reflection of their own and other peoples work.
  • To create their design using their plans
  • Think critically about design both their own and others
  • To have technical knowledge in using a range of tools and mediums


We believe the following are key ingredients in developing competent designers at Sayes Court: effective lessons in which children are given the opportunity to use technical vocabulary and skills; independent designing; comparing their designs with each other’s to create a product; sharing ideas; evaluating their own work and others; exposure to a variety of materials and tools; on going training for all adults; and robust assessment. 

What this looks like in practice:  

  • Children will be inspired and challenged whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
  • 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.
  • To be able to motivate their creative choices and prove where possible through evaluating, analysing and self-reflecting on their work.
  • In Early Years the children safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. Being imaginative - children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through Best practice and activity ideas.
  • Lessons allow our children to become familiar with the knowledge around designing and making.
  • Children will design independently with the help of a design criteria.
  • In Key Stage 2, Children will be given the opportunity to design their own work by researching and developing a design that is innovative and fit for purpose.
  • This will instil confidence in our children and allow them to become young designers and feel proud of their creations.


Schemes, programme and resources used to support Design and Technology:

  • Twinkl
  • Cornerstones



The impact of our Design and Technology curriculum is as follows:

  • Our children make good progress in design and attain in line with or above their peers
  • Our children develop design skills and techniques early on in school
  • Our children develop a love for design.
  • Our children are able to use their design skills across the curriculum. As a result of this, learning in all areas is enhanced.


SMSC in design and technology:

Spiritual development:

Design and Technology at Sayes Court School is intended to develop on the children’s ability to enquire and communicate their ideas through designing and making during various activities. Various projects are carefully planned to encourage a sense of excitement and fascination in learning about not only the children’s own cultures and beliefs but also others in the world around them. Design and Technology also encourages the use of imagination and creativity in learning.


Moral development: 

Various Design and Technology projects will not only promote the children’s understanding of different design skills and cultures but to develop their respect through understanding their influence, creativity and methods. Through discussions the children are encouraged to be critical of designer’s work whilst also learning the etiquette of how to still be respectful of others. 


Social development: 

Design and Technology is promoted through displays, presentations and encouraging the children to not only congratulate others but also to be proud of their own achievements and efforts. They will work independently and collaboratively to create and evaluate their designs which will help them to develop on their skills as designers.


Cultural development: 

By exploring different designers, the children can gain knowledge of different cultures, learning tolerance and understanding of their diversity.









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