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Purpose of study

Design and technology at St James' school is an inspiring and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts and when possible link to other  subjects. They will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and use other disciplines such as maths, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, become resourceful, innovative and enterprising.



  •  develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks with confidence
  • build and apply knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality products for a wide range of users
  • critique,evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn to cook

Pupil voice (Summer 2016)

Pupils preferred DT lessons to be blocked together as they enjoyed the freedom and opportunity to complete the product.

Pupils enjoyed working in groups whilst using their imagination and creativity also they recognised how DT could help them when they grow up.

All pupils liked to have a photograph of their finished product in their sketch book.

All pupils surveyed were able to recall what they had made and describe how they assessed their work.


Yearly planning

Year 3 and Year 4


making volcanoes linking to Geography lessons


building pyramids linking to History and English lessons


making Roman mosaics and shields linking to History, Geography and English lessons

Year 5


making a 3D model of  the solar system linking to science and English lessons


creating a rainforest linking to geography and English lessons


building Anderson shelters linking to history and English lessons

Year 6


creating Aztec masks and wraps linking to history and English lessons


building a controllable car linking to science lessons


creating a printed piece of wallpaper linking to history and English lessons