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Design and Technology at Brereton CE Primary School


We want every child at Brereton to be able to be able to think creatively, critically and practically.  We want them to be able to solve problems whilst learning new skills.



  • 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 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
  • To critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • To understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.


Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Intent (why we teach it)

Through our DT lessons, we intend that pupils will:

Develop the following knowledge:

  • What makes a healthy and varied diet.
  • Where food comes from.
  • How products are designed and constructed.
  • What different tools and materials can be used for.
  • How manufacturing processes can be sustainable.

Develop the skills to be able to:  

  • Evaluate existing and own products.
  • Design and make new products to fulfil a particular need.
  • Choosing and using appropriate materials and tools.
  • Cook a variety of dishes.

See the value of these things:

  • To be confident & happy.
  • To be independent learners.
  • To be resilient.
  • To know subject-specific vocabulary and knowledge that allow links across other subjects.
  • A growth mindset.
  • Opportunities for all


Implementation (how we teach DT)

We use units of work from schemes of work such as Kapow and QCA to deliver our DT teaching episodes. Each unit contains four elements: research, design, make and evaluate. The teaching episodes are taught every other half term over a sequence of lessons.

Stay and Make sessions are also often used which create a real sense of community to our Brereton family; parents are invited in to help build the children’s designs or cook with them.

Each year group teaches three DT units from the schemes, which cover the requirements of the National Curriculum, plus other DT activities that link with other subjects. Following our DT long term plan, skills and knowledge are developed, consolidating existing knowledge before moving onto new skills and knowledge.


Impact (How we know our DT teaching is effective)

We use ongoing, formative assessment during DT lessons; along with pupil’s written work and the products they make to check the development of knowledge and skills. We make summative judgements and feed these back to parents in the child’s end of year reports. Any skills or knowledge that is lacking is highlighted to the teacher who can then plan opportunities to extend any weaker areas in their next unit of work.


Pupils achieve very well at Brereton; they are confident to speak about their thinking when evaluating, designing and making products. They are confident in the skills they use and their products are usually high quality and appropriate for their purpose. Children are confident to cook their own meals and discuss how to adapt published recipes.






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Brereton C E Primary School

School Lane, Brereton Green, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 1RN

Administration Assistant: Mrs S Henderson
or Senco: Richard Cotton

Tel: 01270 918931

Email: admin@breretonprimary.org.uk

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