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Design and Technology

Why do we teach design and technology?

At Dewhurst St Marys, we believe design and technology is an inspiring subject. It uses creativity and imagination where pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems. Children are encouraged to consider their own and others’ needs, wants and values. During their time at Dewhurst, children gain a range of subject knowledge incorporating subjects such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, inventive, enterprising and capable citizens. Through evaluation, children develop an understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.


  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • Build and apply a collection of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality examples and products for a wide range of people.
  • Evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.


“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
Steve Jobs