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The subject of Design Technology at Codnor Primary School reflects the purposeful journey for the whole child, equipping our pupils with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in all aspects of life, both inside and outside of the classroom. It takes our children on a journey which provides opportunities for them to develop skills and knowledge - both academic and personal - which will ensure that success is achievable for all, regardless of circumstance.


We value the development of the whole child. Our children are not just learners - they are explorers, investigators, enthusiasts, performers, decision makers, contributors, creators, role models, members of society, and ultimately the future of our community and the world beyond it. With Britain leading Europe in terms of technology investment (£28 billion since 2011) and with the fashion industry worth around £32 billion a year to our economy, a solid foundation in this subject is paramount, not only to the UK, but to our pupils as the next generation. We aim to provide potential pathways for our children’s way forward in the world, regardless of personal circumstance. In Design Technology, we relish shaping the manufacturers and entrepreneurs of the future! We ignite pupils’ curiosity and fascination with the design and development, construction and evaluation of products undertaken by themselves and ones in the wider world.


We encourage our students to think, act and speak like those working in this field would: to research thoroughly, to weigh-up evidence, to understand what a need for a product is, to evaluate interpretations and develop arguments: skills which are invaluable to their future lives in education and beyond. Our carefully structured DT curriculum provides opportunities additional to the NC endpoints, to build cultural capital and, through exposure DT lessons to life-skills such as innovation and entrepreneurship, enable pupils to become well-rounded members of society in preparation for later life.


  • Significant levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.
  • An excellent attitude to learning and independent working.
  • The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.
  • The ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.
  • The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.
  • A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
  • The ability to apply mathematical knowledge.
  • The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.
  • A passion for the subject and knowledge of, up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems.

Through our in-depth and carefully sequenced lessons, pupils’ design, construction and evaluative skills and concepts are transferable to whichever area of DT is being studied and will equip pupils for both their future learning and future life.

These key Design Technology skills and concepts are:

  • Master practical skills
  • Design, make, evaluate and improve
  • Take inspiration from designs through history

Our pupils leave Codnor Primary School with the knowledge to think, speak and act like a designer, a constructor and evaluator, and they value the transference of these skills into their every day life, in education and beyond.



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