William Shrewsbury Primary School

Design and Technology

Our Team


                                                           Miss L Hayes                   Mrs N Cornell

Design and Technology at William Shrewsbury Primary School

At William Shrewsbury, Design and Technology is a regarded as a fundamental stepping stone into successful careers in later life. Our purpose is to grow creative problem solvers with transferable skills for adulthood. 

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Design and Technology Purpose of Study, The National Curriculum 2014

Our Design and Technology Curriculum develops essential characteristics of designers:

  • Significant levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.
  • An excellent attitude to learning and independent working.
  • The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.
  • The ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.
  • The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.
  • A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
  • The ability to apply mathematical knowledge.
  • The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture product safely and hygienically.
  • A passion for the subject and knowledge of up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems.


How Design and Technology is taught at William Shrewsbury Primary School

Design and Technology is about providing opportunities for students to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products.

Design and Technology Association 

Pupils should be taught:

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They should work in a range of relevant contexts (for example, the home and school, gardens and playgrounds, the local community, industry and the wider environment).

Key Stage 1 




  •  design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria.
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology.


  • select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks (for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing)
  • select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics


  • explore and evaluate a range of existing products 
  • evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

Technical knowledge:

  • build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
  • explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products

Cooking and nutrition:

  • use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes 
  • understand where food comes from


Key Stage 2  





  • use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups 
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design


  •  select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately
  • select from and use a wider 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 to improve their work
  • understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world

Technical knowledge:

  • apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures  understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages]
  • understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]
  • apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.

Cooking and nutrition:

  • understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet
  • prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques
  • understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed

 Trips, Visitors and Workshops

Here at William Shrewsbury Primary School, we are passionate about providing additional opportunities for Design and Technology that enhance our curriculum offer. We strongly believe that trips, visitors and workshops are highly valuable for developing a deep understanding. 

We are looking for local businesses that would be willing to colaborate with our team to provide additional opportunities for our children. If you think you could help, please contact Miss Hayes or Mrs Cornell to express your interest.  

Design and Technology at Home

There are lots of ways in which you can support your child with their Design and Technology learning.

  • Visit Design venues and events (many of the big galleries have free exhibitions you can explore!)
  • Check our website for Design and Technology Competitions and recommendations for family Design and Technology themed outings
  • Talk about design in the world around you- What is the product? What is the product’s purpose? Who is the intended user? Which features make it a successful design? How would you improve this design?
  • Ask your child about their Design and Technology learning-they will have lots to tell you! (After each topic a slide show will be on the website documenting their learning journey so you can get your child to talk through their learning using the slide show.)
  • Encourage your child to design and make things at home! Remember to celebrate the ‘break’ stage in the design process-the stage where your child evaluates and changes their design to improve it, like all good design

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Useful Downloads and Links


DT at WS

Whole School Overview

 Our School Vocabulary Progression

What does EYFS study?

What does Year 1 study?

What does Year 2 study?

What does Year 3 study?

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