Design and Technology

The DT curriculum at Cheam Common Infants’ Academy encourages pupils to be creative, innovative and take risks as they become designers and makers of purposeful products.  Our pupils develop into confident designers because we provide focused and achievable projects that allow them to flourish.

Whether it’s cooking, construction, mechanics or textiles, our selection of projects bring learning to life as the lessons are engaging, practical and full of challenge. Pupils will be encouraged to use skills across the curriculum such as maths, science, computing, art and literacy and apply them in a real-life context which makes the learning meaningful, memorable and relevant.

We recognise the importance of analysing a range of existing products and learning about the designers that have helped shape the world. This is an essential part of understanding the impact of design on the world as well as developing the pupils’s curiosity and engagement in the subject. It is crucial that we provide our pupils with a wide range of resources and that we allow them to be responsible for making their own design decisions in order to become successful designers. We see design as a work in progress and therefore our pupils are given the freedom to adapt their designs as they work towards making functional and quality products. pupils will be encouraged to think about important issues such as sustainability in order for them to understand both the positive and negative global impact that design has on the world. 

Progression map 

Design and Technology National Curriculum