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Curriculum Intent

At Valentine Primary School, the Design and Technology curriculum offers children the opportunity to rigorously develop their creative and imaginative skills alongside their practical abilities. Our intent is to provide children with real-life contexts for their learning, enabling them to become creative and innovative problem solvers who can work alone and as part of a team. At Valentine, children learn about product research, deconstructing and constructing items, prototyping, testing, creating, and reviewing. They do this using the design, make and evaluate cycle. They gain a broad range of technical knowledge and language as a result of this, as well as reinforcing learning from Mathematics, Science, Computing, and Art.


We believe that a good understanding of nutrition is vital to living a healthy lifestyle and cooking is an essential life skill.


At Valentine, our core values are integrated into all areas of learning. In Design and Technology children will develop their aspirations through engaging their imagination and creativity in their designs. They will grow in confidence as they are supported with choices to aid them in problem solving. Through team work and peer evaluation, they will further develop skills in empathy.


By the time they leave our school, children will have:

  • A positive attitude toward learning and the ability to work independently.
  • The capacity to manage time effectively and collaborate with others in a positive and productive manner.
  • The capacity to conduct thorough research, take initiative, and ask questions in order to gain a thorough understanding of users' needs.
  • The ability to be responsible designers and producers who operate ethically, carefully use a variety of materials, and work safely.
  • A detailed understanding of which tools, equipment and materials to employ in the production of their goods.
  • The ability to correctly apply mathematical knowledge and skills.
  • An understanding of how to manufacture things safely and hygienically, managing risks, being resourceful, imaginative, and adventurous.
  • A strong interest in the subject.


End of Key Stage Expectations:

By the end of EYFS, children will be able to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques. They will share their creations, explaining the process they have used.


By the end of KS1, children will have experienced a variety of creative and practical activities and have the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in a repeated process of designing, making and evaluating. They will understand how to make structures stronger and more stable. Children will understand the components of a healthy and varied diet and where food comes from.


By the end of KS2, children will develop their skills from KS1 with a greater focus on research to inform their design development, more sophisticated diagrams and drawing and making prototypes for their product. They will be confident in using a wide range of tools and materials accurately to suit the purpose of their product, using mechanical and electrical systems in their products. Children will be able to prepare and cook dishes using a range of techniques. They will understand the seasonality of food.

Year 4 investigating how to strengthen paper with rolling and folding. Challenge - Can you build a structure with 5 pieces of paper that supports at least one book?

If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the school directly