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Design and Technology

Design and Technology is a stimulating and hands-on subject where children use originality and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Children learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful and innovative, whilst they develop an understanding of how design and technology impacts on their daily life and the wider world. They also have the opportunity to develop their team working skills to collectively solve problems and see a project through to its end result.

Through design and technology, children learn to consider who their product is for and which tasks their product will perform. They learn to design and make products that are real, believable and develop evaluative skills which enable them to make improvements to their design and final product. They acquire a broad range of skills and draw on knowledge from many different subjects such as mathematics, science, computing and art.


The DT teaching at Brighton Avenue Primary School ensures that it offers ALL children effective learning opportunities by: stimulating children’s creativity and imagination by providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world; developing children’s understanding of colour, form, texture, pattern and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meanings; exploring with children ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers, and help them learn about their different roles and about the functions of art, craft and design in their own lives and in different times and cultures; helping children to learn how to make thoughtful judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions and become practically involved in shaping environments, training children in the safe and appropriate use and maintenance of tools and techniques in accordance with health and safety requirements; fostering an understanding and enjoyment of art, craft and design; providing all children with a broad and balanced education.



The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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.
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2020-2021 DT Stars!

Look at our wonderful examples of Design Technology projects completed across the school. Learn more about these on our Class Pages!

Easter Egg Competition - Theme: NHS


All children in Early Years, KS1 and KS2 were asked to design an Easter scene which celebrates our NHS. The children had to include an egg in their scene. Everyone was given the design criteria…

'Could your egg be a nurse or a doctor? Maybe add a face mask with an egg design or a vaccine with an egg on it? Be as imaginative as you can!'

The competition was tough, with lots of fabulous designs. Chocolate egg prizes were given to the first three chosen designs in each class. Well done to everyone who entered, but especially to our fantastic winners!

Mrs Jones

Great Brighton Bake Off!!!

Lower Key Stage 2 have been super Design Technologists. They began by researching different cupcakes, they taste tested a range of cupcakes and analysed texture and appearance. After this they adapted a recipe within a budget, thinking carefully about profit margins. Then came the most fun, they designed their capcake and packaging then made and decorated them. They then completed their Bake Off project by evaluating their cupcakes and entering them into 'The Great Brighton Bake Off'. Mrs Allan and Miss Wasiejko judged their cupcakes, Olivia, Poonguzhale and Darcy were worthy winners!

DT Project
Year 1 and Year 6 were visited by an engineer to launch their DT project. The children will be designing, making and evaluating their own moving car. They will then test their cars and the winners will be entered into a competition at Gateshead Stadium. Good luck everyone!
Year 1
Year 6