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Design Technology

“Design and technology is about making things that people want and that work well. Creating these things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive, fun activity.”

James Dyson, Chairman, Dyson Ltd.


Here at Whitehouse Common we enjoy designing and making items. We are extremely proud of our Design Technology Curriculum and the final pieces we have made.


Through our Design Technology Curriculum we will:

  • Develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to analyse current products, design, make and evaluate products.
  • Develop the practical skills to work with a wide range of materials and components.
  • Nurture creativity and innovation through designing and making.
  • Develop an understanding of technological processes, products, and their manufacture, and their contribution to our society.
  • Explore values about, and attitudes to, the ‘made’ world and how we live and work within it.
  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • Critique, evaluate and test our ideas and products and the work of others
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.


Teaching and Learning

Over the course of our time at Whitehouse Common School, we will have designed and made 18 items- 3 projects in every year we are at school. 

To maximise our learning in Design Technology, we are given opportunities to handle and manipulate products and tools, in order to develop a deeper understanding of what we are learning. Our learning includes:

  • Designing
  • Making
  • Evaluating

Our Design Technology curriculum is organised across the year groups and covered through different topics: Textile, Food and Resistant materials. These activities are covered each year.