Design and Technology

“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks.

But of course, if you look deeper, it’s really how it works.”

 Steve Jobs

 At Barton Moss, our design and technology curriculum prepares children to deal with tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. It encourages children to become independent, creative problem-solvers and thinkers as individuals and as part of a team - making positive changes to their quality of life and preparing them for the future.  We are aiming for our curriculum to provide children with opportunities to gain skills for the workplace, for the world ahead of them.



In the Early Years Foundation Stage, design and technology is covered within knowledge and understanding of the world, creative development and within some aspects of Physical Development. Early skills in design technology are taught in a playful, exploratory way alongside discussion at appropriate levels, and will be an integral part of the child’s learning. Children will be taught specific skills such as simple joining, cutting and assembling techniques. They will be encouraged to manipulate construction kits, taught to use and identify simple tools and will use a variety of simple materials to make things.

KS1 and KS2

Our curriculum follows a scheme first implemented in 2019. In design and technology, children will have the opportunity to draw on their knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, computing, art, and the principles of nutrition and cookery to become resourceful, innovative, enterprising, and capable problem solvers.  Our curriculum covers the four elements of DT: design, make, evaluate and technical knowledge. Progression is clear and planned through the strands: mechanisms, structures, textiles, electrical systems, textiles and cooking and nutrition.

This year, we are beginning to forge links with the high school and look forward to collaborating in exciting joint projects that will really motivate and inspire our pupils.