St Anne's Catholic Primary School

achieving excellence in all our God given talents

Lowe Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B12 0ER

0121 675 5037

Design and technology

At Saint Anne's Catholic Primary School, It is our intent that children will be able to research and design innovatively, creating their own criteria for success in order to solve real life, relevant problems. They will apply subject specific knowledge and make links to other curriculum areas wherever possible in order to become designers and makers, working safely and ethically with a range of tools and materials. We encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make purposeful products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Children will be able to critically evaluate their product against their original design criteria and refine their work accordingly. Concentrating on local and global themes from EYFS to Year 6, we aim to provide children with an exciting, relevant and challenging curriculum with a variety of enrichment opportunities. The knowledge and skills based curriculum offered encourages them to become innovators and risk-takers.

It is our intent that children leave St Anne’s with

  1. Good levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.
  2. The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others. 
  3. The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely. 
  4. A  good  knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make products. 
  5. The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
  6. The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
  7. A good knowledge of, up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems. 


Rationale for Curriculum Design at Saint Anne’s

We teach DT as part of a topic. This is in recognition, of the interconnectedness of our world and school community highlighting, recognising and valuing the diversity of the school community and creativity that all children have. We understand the value of DT in helping pupils to understand and interpret their world, their role in it and the responsibilities that come with it.


Our Long Term Plan

Let us build for ourselves a city,

and a tower whose top

will reach into heaven.

Genesis 11:4

Equality of Provision and Inclusion

At Saint Anne’s, we aim to create an inclusive environment where every child feels safe, equal and welcome. As a school, we ensure that every step is taken to ensure that all children are given the equal opportunities to achieve their full potential in high quality design and technology lessons regardless their background, culture, needs, ethnicity, gender, ability or any other personal characteristics. All pupils are encouraged to question, discuss and collaborate in problem solving skills when designing their purposeful products. Teachers use a wide variety of strategies to ensure that teaching meets the needs of different groups of children. 

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development;

Spiritual development is very important in DT as the process of creative thinking and problem solving lies at the centre of the subject. A pupil's ability to think creatively and show innovation can be inspirational to other but also increase their own self confidence and belief in their own abilities.

Moral Development - Respect for the feelings of others combined with a need for constructive and honest criticism which will enhance the development of individual work is an area in which our children excel. School encourages the children to explore their own feelings in DT and to reach a deeper understanding of the benefits of peer evaluation in a positive and safe environment. This in turn prepares them for the wider world in which they will find themselves as they progress through life and encourages a respect for the opinions of others.

Social Development - During DT there are many opportunities to promote social responsibilities. All the children have a collective responsibility to ensure they contribute to a safe working environment where the use of tools and equipment are involved. There is the opportunity to work collaboratively with a partner or take turns in a small group which requires effective social interaction and at times compromise. There is also the opportunity for peer evaluation and to act as a critical friend to give supportive comments to improve pupils learning outcomes.

Cultural Development - DT often originates from an idea or artefact and to develop a wider cultural awareness we explore our past heritage as well as investigate and use as our stimulus foods, textiles and sculptures from different cultures and periods of time. For example, Viking shields, Greek pottery, divas, food from different countries and cultures.


Rights Respecting in DT

Article 31- Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

Article 29 - Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.


Reading in DT

Design and Technology offers a number of valuable opportunities for our children to practice reading skills that they have been developing in their English lessons. These include:

  • reading instructions to build their models
  • reading and understanding the recipes in their cooking sessions to prepare their dish
  • comprehend the information provided to make their model
  • evaluating their own and others’ work through both small group and whole class discussions, helping them to move from colloquial to more formal language, using subject-specific vocabulary.

Manufacturing is more than just putting parts together.

It's coming up with ideas, testing principles and

perfecting the engineering, as well as final assembly.

(Sir James Dyson)

Encourage your inquisitive mind, let's get excited about engineering!


Learn through exploration - would you like the challenge of turning those materials you would normally send out in your recycling, into something that you can design, build and test? If the answer is yes then click on the link below.

Small Piece Trust - Engineering at Home


Click on the link below to find challenges designed specifically for children by Dyson engineers.

The James Dyson Foundation Challenge Cards


Get the kids into the kitchen and turn them into little chefs with these easy and fun cooking projects. 

BBC Good Food

Noah's Ark - Painting Art by Thomas Kinkade Studios

Build yourself a ship from teakwood. Make rooms in it. Coat it with pitch inside and out. Make it 450 feet long, seventy-five feet wide, and forty-five feet high. Build a roof for it and put in a window eighteen inches from the top; put in a door on the side of the ship; and make three decks, lower, middle, and upper.  

Genesis 6:14-6:16