design and technology

The journey so far…

Design and Technology at Canon Peter Hall is designed to be an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. It develops the children’s knowledge, understanding, skills and vocabulary to extend their creative, technical and practical expertise to become equipped to solve a range of real life challenges and problems relating to product design, creation and evaluation. Children are encouraged to become “professional experts” in the field, viewing each task through our “D.T lens.”


What do we want our DT curriculum to achieve?

  • To develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • To build a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills that will open doors to a variety on careers 
  • To recognise that, in the world of work, professionals critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others 
  • To understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn where food is sourced and how to cook as part of our healthy lifestyles 3 year plan/ initiative. 

Design and technology is an integral part of the curriculum for every year group and skills will be taught progressively through carefully planned vertical and horizontal links to enable children to build on and apply previously taught skills to new projects. 

Our Curriculum is taught through a range of contexts, such as: imaginary, story-based, home, school, gardens, playgrounds, local community, industry and wider environment.

Two projects per year group allows teaching and learning in D.T to be rigorous and deep. 

Through each Design and Technology project children will become experts in the field, using the D.T lens as they:

  1. Are taught new skills, knowledge and vocabulary
  2. Apply and develop these skills and technical knowledge
  3. Showcase their skills to design, make an “expert outcome”
  4. Apply their prior knowledge and the evaluative strand of the D.T lens to evaluate a final product, approaching this through our school ethos of being kind, specific, helpful and resilient critics.

Research shows that teacher’s pedagogical and subject knowledge has a huge impact on pupil’s achievements and we have therefore harvested the expertise of the D.T association to construct units of learning that:

  1. Provide teachers with the in depth substantive and disciplinary knowledge required to ensure effective teaching and learning and facilitate children to produce an “expert outcome.”
  2. Follow a consistent and non-negotiable structure across the whole school of planning and delivering each unit of learning.
  3. Ensure opportunities for vertical, horizontal and diagonal links to be retrieved and explicitly referred to by teachers and learners.
  4. Use the D.T lens to inform a balanced and professional approach to Design and Technology.

What do we want our children to become as a result of the DT?

  • To feel prepared for and aware of a wide range of career opportunities available to them in line with social justice
  • Confident to engage with the secondary DT curriculum successfully.


What do we believe is right for our children to learn from the study of DT?

  • The skills and knowledge that accompany their academic knowledge and maximise the career opportunities available to them in line with social justice