Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Children learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, children are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They work in a range of relevant contexts in which they are taught to design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria. Children are also given opportunities to generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology.
Children are also taught to select and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks, such as cutting shaping, joining and finishing, and to select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics.
Children are taught to explore and evaluate a range of existing products and to evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria. They build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable. They also explore and use mechanisms, for example levers, sliders, wheels and axles, in their products.