Design Technology

Welcome to DT at Gainsborough! 

Our DT curriculum aims to inspire our children to become innovators and engineers of the future. Through exciting projects, our children learn every aspect of the design process, from gathering initial ideas, creating a product, evaluating and marketing. 

Our children get to experience using a wide range of tools and materials, developing increased conrol, skill and confidence and this enales them to grow in confidence and support the development of teamwork, collaboration, problem-solving and resilience.

As a result of school closures due to the recent pandemic, for the academic year 2021/22 we will be prioritising the teaching of missed content to ensure that our pupils can make sense of work that comes later on in the curriculum, including key knowledge, skills, vocabulary and links between concepts.  This forms part of the school’s Recovery Curriculum.

In DT we will be prioritising practical knowledge and skills such as the fine and gross motor skills needed to use a range of tools competently.

We will be developing pupils’ ability to design by, first, providing them with knowledge of materials, equipment and tools to support their application of concepts such as ‘functionality’ and ‘aesthetics’.

Activities to consolidate and embed this knowledge can be low cost, for example, asking pupils to evaluate a range of similar products (such as toothbrushes, toys, cutlery, t-shirts, or school bags)

We will be  encouraging pupils to work with a range of simple materials, including textiles and ingredients, emphasising the design process rather than simply the end product.

We will be teaching the content of some missed topics and putting the emphasis on process rather than final outcomes.  


Design and Technology at Gainsborough Primary and Nursery School aims to:

  • Provide opportunities to ask well thought through questions
  • Encourage children to think critically and logically
  • Develop resilience and perseverance to tackle problems and find solutions
  • Allow children to communicate with each other and respectfully share opinions
  • Challenge children to research information and think for themselves
  • Build on prior learning
  • Promote progression of skills
  • Create memorable cross curricular learning experiences that link with other disciplines such as maths, science, computing and art
  • Provide hands-on, well scaffolded opportunities that challenge all to create well designed products
  • Improve analysis, problem solving, practical capability and evaluation skills
  • Teach children subject related vocabulary, helping to reduce barriers they have to learning and to communicate using the correct and appropriate terminology


Our Design and Technology curriculum is purposeful and promotes pupils’ enjoyment, achievement and confidence. The curriculum is sequential which allows for skills to be learnt, revisited and embedded. Key skills have been mapped across the school to ensure progression between year groups. Lessons are appropriately scaffolded to ensure that DT is challenging to all. Design and technology is sometimes taught in blocked sessions so that children’s learning is focused throughout each unit of work. Food technology is taught across the school with children developing an understanding of where food comes from, the importance of a varied and healthy diet and how to prepare this.

Our curriculum incorporates a variety of different skills, including co-operative learning, to encourage the children to consider the views of others, evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and to improve their work.


Our Design Technology curriculum impacts positively on our children’s ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to collaborate, learn from, understand and react to others’ perspectives and strengths. Children will leave school with the confidence that they can design, make and change products and with the belief that qualifications and careers incorporating D&T are within their capability.

The curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. The impact of our curriculum is also measured through:

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes
  • Pupil discussions about their learning, including discussions of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work
  • Work scrutinies
  • Lesson observations



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