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 other’s 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 impacts on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes and essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

At St Bartholomew’s, DT skills are taught across a two year cycle, meaning each skill is covered three times throughout school. Each year, children also complete a cookery unit to provide children with the skills to cook at home, including making healthy meals.  

In each unit of DT, children will explore and investigate the project, learn the skills necessary to complete the project, plan, design, make and then evaluate the final piece. 

Curriculum - Design Technology


Curriculum - Design Technology - Useful Links

BBC Design Technology - KS1

BBC Design Technology - KS2

Dyson - Engineering Challenges

IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) - KS1 and KS2

The School Run


Curriculum - Design Technology - Puppets

Year 1 children have been investigating different types of puppets as part of their DT topic. They read the book 'Do Not Enter The Monster Zoo' by Amy Sparkes and made their own monster finger puppets.


Curriculum - Design Technology - Moving Pictures

Class 5 have really enjoyed DT this week. We have learned a new skill and can now make moving pictures with sliders. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Castles

This half term, class 6 have been making castles as part of our DT work. We had a design brief to make a castle for younger children to play with. We designed our castles, made and decorated them then evaluated what went well and what we would change. It was great fun!


Curriculum - Design Technology - Classroom Kitchen

Year 2 have worked with Mr D from Classroom Kitchen this morning, to make layered fruit pots. They had to use their cutting skills to prepare the fruit, before adding different ingredients.


Curriculum - Design Technology - Fire Engines

Year 2 have been learning about Fire Engines in their topic the Great Fire of London. They have made fire engines in Design Technology and today have been visited by the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service. They told us about putting out a fire, all the things on a fire engine, the equipment needed and some pupils got to dress up as Fire Fighters. The pupils really enjoyed the experience. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Strength

Class 11 spent the afternoon trying to make a table to hold a glue lid/stick or a strong tent that won’t blow over, all out of paper. We used twisting, rolling and folding to make a sheet of paper stronger to achieve our structure. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Feijoada

Class 11 have really enjoyed making their Feijoada, which is a Brazilian dish! We worked in small groups to chop and prepare the veg, using our knife skills to create a healthy meal. We all had a taste once it was cooked and most of us really enjoyed it! 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Circuits

Year 4 have enjoyed starting a new design technology project that will need a circuit. We practiced our final circuits by making 'Zoltar the Mysterious’ crystal ball light up. 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Light Boxes

Year 4 have been creating light boxes in their design technology lessons.


Curriculum - Design Technology - Bridge Building

Class 14 undertook a fantastic bridge building competition, where we pitted boys against girls, to complete our bridges unit in DT. It was a very close call, but as the boys’ bridge broke right on the last test, girls were declared the winners! Class 15 studied construction methods of various support structures leading up to creating their own suspension bridge. They studied famous designers and techniques and completed a team building competition which was excellent fun. Well done to all of our budding, future engineers! 


Curriculum - Design Technology - Mechanical Toy

Year 5 enjoyed looking at how we can strengthen objects during a paper table challenge! They have also started making a mechanical toy, see the video at the top of this page.


Curriculum - Design Technology - Greek Salad

Year 5 made their own Greek salads. They analysed, taste tested and planned in previous lessons and then they made! They learned how to cut using a knife safely, measure using spoons and then they washed and tidied up together. The salads were delicious!


Curriculum - Design Technology - Coasters

Year 5 and year 6 have been working hard on completing their coasters. They have produced some excellent pieces.


Curriculum - Design Technology - Electricity

Year 6 have started their new topic electricity. They have been making electrical circuits - experimenting with how to make the bulbs brighter and dimmer.