Rucstall Primary School

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Design & Technology

Design & Technology – Intention

At Rucstall Primary school we provide a Design and Technology curriculum which enables children to select and use appropriate tools safely and effectively to make a product fit for purpose. Within lessons, children learn to think about the key knowledge and skills required to design, create and evaluate a product for a specific target audience. 



Design & Technology – Implementation

Children are given the opportunity to develop their skills within units before producing a final piece. For example, with sewing in Year 1, the children would spend several lessons learning how to thread needles and perform basic stitching on old pieces of fabric first.


DT is taught for four half terms throughout the school year: one for textiles; one for food and nutrition; one for mechanisms and one for structures. Electrical systems are taught predominantly within Computing and Science. All units build up skills over time.


Each unit follows a similar format of:

>Design criteria

>Experiment and develop skills


>Create, edit and improve