Laurel Fields, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 2BA

01707 652714

Cranborne Primary School

Learning Together

Design and Technology develops children’s skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food. It encourages children's creativity and encourages them to think about important issues.


At Cranborne, we want the children to become designers and technologists and understand the life-long skills that give Design and Technology (D&T) relevance to real life and future career opportunities. Our intention is to foster and develop, in the children, a sense of how to take risks and become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. 

We ensure D&T is taught following the National Curriculum (Years 1-6) and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 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 D&T. We intend to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the changing world of D&T by encouraging pupils to ask questions and propose solutions to D&T problems. We aim to develop children’s competence and mastery in specific D&T skills so they can achieve their full potential.

In Years 1-6, D&T is taught weekly, during part of each term or blocked over a week or two, culminating in making and evaluating a particular product. Children acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of materials and components, mechanisms and control systems, structures, food, existing products, quality and health and safety.

The children complete projects by first investigating and evaluating existing products. They then move on to complete focused tasks in which they develop particular aspects of knowledge and skills. Later they progress to designing and making activities, where the children design and make 'something' for 'somebody' for 'some purpose'. Finally they reflect on their learning by evaluating their finished product. 

A copy of our DT curriculum map 2021-22 can be found below:


Year 3 Food- Healthy eating snack

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

Year 5 Food - Bread 

Year 5 enjoyed researching, designing, making and eating different types of bread. More photos to follow.

Year 1 Food- Food from around the world

Year 1 enjoyed researching, designing, making and eating a fruit salad..

Year 6 Textiles - Sewing and cross stitch

Year 6 are enjoying researching, designing and sewing their own decoration. 

Year 2 - Levers, wheels and axles

Year 2 have researched, designed and made their own vehicles.

Year 4 Textiles - Sewing Money containers

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