DT Vision

At Gilbert Scott Primary School, through our DT curriculum, we want children to be inspired by engineers, designers, chefs, and architects to enable them to create a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems and food products with a real-life purpose. We want the children to combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make a product. We want children to be able to work collaboratively and problem solve on a shared project to reach an end goal. Children’s interests are captured through theme learning, ensuring that links are made in a cross curricular way, giving children motivation, and meaning for their learning.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep.

D & T – Our Designers, Inventors and Chefs

DT Intent

At Gilbert Scott, our Design and Technology curriculum is designed to prepare children for the developing world. Pupils are guided in becoming creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. They will build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills. Our curriculum provides children with opportunities to research, represent their ideas, explore, and investigate, develop their ideas, make a product and evaluate their work. Evaluation is an integral part of the design process and allows children to adapt and improve their product, this is a key skill which they need throughout their life. We feel that the teaching of food and nutrition is of great importance and holds great relevance in current times. For this reason, children will study a food and nutrition unit every year. By instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.


Children will communicate enthusiastically their thoughts on existing products using a range of vocabulary.

Adults will always model a high level of vocabulary during each stage of the making process.

Children will understand vocabulary used when designing, making and evaluating.

Children will be able to communicate effectively with each other when working on a collaborative project.

Knowledge / Understanding

Children will understand the importance of the products they are creating, and the importance of each stage of creation.

Children will understand that design needs to be rooted in real life, relevant contexts to give meaning to learning.

Understand the importance of critique, evaluating and testing their ideas and products and the work of others

Children will 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

Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Understand where food comes from.


Skills are taught progressively to ensure that all children are able to learn and practice in order to develop as they move through the school.

Design will be planned through appropriate formats such as drawing, templated, talking and mock ups.

Children will create using a range of skills that are progressively taught from Nursery-Year 6

Children will be able to design, make and evaluate using skills taught from Nursery-Year 6

Children will be able to cook nutritious meals


Children will understand the importance of designing and creating products for a range of uses.

They will understand that DT serves a real purpose for the world they live in today.

Children will understand how to use equipment safely


Children will experience creating for a variety of purposes using a range of equipment and resources from Nursery-Year 6.

Children will experience evaluating and displaying their work.

Children will experience cooking a variety of healthy meals for themselves and others.