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 "Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun!"

Mary Lou Creek


Welcome to Design and Technology at Cranborne

Design and technology (DT) 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.  Pupils learn how take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. (Department for Education)

At Cranborne, we want the children to become the designers and technologists of the future.  We want them to understand the life-long skills that give DT relevance to real life and future career opportunities.  

We ensure DT is taught following the National Curriculum (Years 1-6) and the Early Years Foundation Stage Expressive Arts & Design guidelines. Our lessons are cross curricular, covering the skills and knowledge needed in a fun and interesting way, stimulating children’s interest in and curiosity about DT. We deepen the children's knowledge and understanding of the changing world of DT by encouraging pupils to ask questions and propose solutions to DT problems. 

Design and technology in EYFS 

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, DT is taught within the Expressive Arts and Design guidelines.  The children are given opportunities to develop their ability to use simple tools, such as scissors and hammers, and to effect changes to different materials, such as playdough. They are encouraged to plan what they are creating, to talk about their creations and to adapt their work. 

Design and technology in KS1 and KS2 
In Years 1-6, children follow the 'design, make, evaluate' approach to create purposeful and functional products. They begin this process by investigating and evaluating existing products in order to create a design criteria for a new product.  A more detailed explanation of the children's learning can be found on our DT curriculum map below.


Spring Term 2024

Year 2 have been busy designing and making some amazing vehicles.  They even attached wheels and axles so that the vehicles could move.

"Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen , and thinking what no one else has thought."

Albert Einstein

Do you fancy trying some DT challenge at home?  Take a look at these websites for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths projects:


Look at some of our amazing DT work

Year 3 Cooking and Nutrition: Healthy eating snack

Year 3 enjoyed researching, designing and making a healthy sandwich snack to eat at their Christmas party.

Year 5 Cooking and Nutrition: Bread 

Year 5 enjoyed researching, designing, making and eating different types of bread. 

Year 4 Textiles: Sewing Money containers

Year 4  researched, designed and made their own amazing purses.