Design and Technology Intent

Design and Technology at Ann Edwards Primary School aims to draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art to provide children with opportunities to develop life skills. We are proud of and committed to using our Forest School area to enhance children’s connection with nature and providing a real-life experience to make links within the local community. Through practical projects, our committed, dedicated team of staff provide opportunities to plan and deliver diverse tasks which help to develop the children’s resilience. Subsequently, the children can experience the process of evaluation and reflection, which embeds our Christian values of stillness and calm.

Aims: The overarching aim for Design and Technology in our school is to ensure that pupils:

  • are introduced to the principles of designing and making products that help solve real world problems
  • develop young children’s skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms and a range of materials including food
  • have their creativity encouraged and they are encouraged them to think about important issues such as recycling/waste etc
  • are encouraged to reflect and self-evaluate through the evaluation of designs and products made



In order to achieve these aims we will:

  • Begin each unit with the research element of Design Technology

-In KS1, the children design a mood board – look at what is already out there, create a collage of different products, colours, styles, designs. This can be drawn, created on a computer or cut and stuck from a catalogue. KS1 would create a mood board together.

-In KS2, the children design a JAM board – children research products that are already on the market, looking at prices (if possible), shape/size/dimensions, making notes, sketching, collage of different products and ideas. Children more independently gathering research as they progress up the school.

-All research is very much their own choice.

  • From the Mood Board / Jam board the children will create two designs

-Draw/sketch two designs for their product that they will make.

-The two designs should be different from each other e.g. dimensions/shape/size/designs/colour/style.

-No annotations required but can be included.

Can be created on a computer or on paper

  • From the 2 designs the children will choose a Final Design

-Draw/sketch one design on a larger scale thinking about dimensions/shape/size/designs/colour/style/materials.

-Fully annotated with explanations as to why they have decided this.

-Design outlined with a black fineliner.

-Can be created on a computer or on paper

  • Following on from their final design they will make the Final Product

-Children refer to their final design to make their product using the planned materials.

-Photographs taken for evidence.

  • To end the process of making their product the children will Evaluate their final product. To do so they will ask these questions and record their thought

-Reflect on the process as a whole.

-What was successful?

-What challenges did the children faced?

-How were these challenges dealt with?

-What would they do differently next time?

-Can the children self/peer evaluate?