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Design and Technology

“Let’s go invent tomorrow rather than worry about 

what happened yesterday"  

(Steve Jobs) 



At Horbury St Peter’s and Clifton Primary School, we intend to instil the “St Peter’s and Clifton School Spirit”  in all our children. The teaching of Design and Technology encourages our children to particularly value the importance of being: 


"Inquisitive and Inspirational"


as their unique creativity and imagination is used to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Our children consider not only their own needs, wants and values but those of others too. Showing that they are resourceful, capable citizens who open their hearts and minds to inspire themselves and others in the design world.  



All children are given the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge in design, materials, structures, mechanisms and electrical control. Within our school this is implemented through the subject content of the 2014 National Curriculum: Design, Make, Evaluate and Technical Knowledge. As well as our school curriculum principles. These six interrelated principles provide a genuine experience of Design and Technology for our children. They are: User, Purpose, Functionality, Design Decisions, Innovation and Authenticity.  



The successful approach of our teachers having a shared intent and following a focused implementation of the curriculum at Horbury St Peter’s and Clifton Primary School results in a unique, creative and imaginative Design and Technology education, that provides our children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the surrounding designed world. During our children’s Design and Technology education we believe that:  


  • They will now more, remember more and understand more about Design and Technology  
  • They will develop skills and attributes they can use beyond school and into adulthood  
  • The large majority will achieve age related expectation in Design and Technology  

Year 1 have been designing and making a healthy salad. We started by tasting a range of salads. The children were very good at tasting them and saying what they liked about them. We were especially proud of children having a go at tasting things that were new to them! We then learnt and practised some safe chopping skills (the claw and the bridge) and grating and peeling skills - lots of concentration! After doing this the children designed their own salad and wrote instructions for how to make it. Finally we made our own healthy salads and ate them! Yum!


Y3 have been tasting different smoothies as part of their DT project. We discussed branding, colour, taste and gave each smoothie a mark out of 10. The overall favourite was Mango and passionfruit. They then developed skills for chopping, slicing, grating and juicing fruit to make their own smoothies. The children in Year 3 have been tasting different smoothies as part of their DT project. Finally, we designed and made packaging advertising our smoothies.


Y1 have enjoyed our project on moving pictures. First we looked at books with moving pictures, then we learnt about levers, pivots and slides. We then designed and made our own moving pictures. 


Year 6 enjoyed their DT topic, where we created something for somebody for some purpose. Our brief this time was to design a steady hand game for a Year 2 child that would help them to practise their fine motor skills and learn about WW2. We also loved having the opportunity to share our games with our target audience - Year 2 children!



Castle Models

Mining Lamps

Stone Age Dwellings

Hand Puppets