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Nightingale Academy

St Thomas Cantilupe Church of England Primary School

Shine bright your light (Matthew 5 : 14-15)

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‘Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design.’ Stephen Gardiner


Design and Technology is an inspiring and practical subject. Our curriculum allows opportunities for pupils to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others' needs, wants and values. Learners are encouraged to take risks, become resourceful, innovative and enterprising. We believe that design and technology gives young people the skills and abilities to engage positively with the designed and made world and to harness the benefits of technology. We want our children to learn how products and systems are designed and manufactured, how to be innovative and to make creative use of a of resources including digital technologies, to improve the world around them. 


Pupils acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art during D&T. Pupils begin to design projects by gathering research and evaluating existing products. They are taught how to effectively evaluate past and present designs and how to develop a critical understanding of its impact on the wider world. They learn the importance of the target audience and the relevance of market research as well as how to write design specifications, developing their ability to plan for products that are fit for purpose. Pupils are given the opportunity to develop the key skill being taught through focused practical tasks as well as making end products through selecting and using a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks. 


Pupils choose from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities. 

Throughout the design and making process pupils learn how to develop their ability to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others. They do this through peer and self-assessment.

Our key concepts are below:

  • Move
  • Build
  • Join
  • Control
  • Create


As a result of this approach children are passionate about D&T, enjoy designing, constructing and evaluate and develop a desire to learn about technological innovation, products and systems. 

We are proud of our independent learners who work constructively with others to analyse and evaluate, make mistakes, share them and learn from them. 

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Nightingale Academy

St Thomas Cantilupe Church of England Primary School

Shine bright your light (Matthew 5 : 14-15)

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