Design & Technology

At St Matthew’s, D&T skills are taught through our Creative Curriculum. The children learn to design, make and evaluate products in a range of contexts with a focus on creative and critical thinking. Throughout the school they are given opportunities to apply their learning and skills in some amazing projects! Some large scale projects and some small, they all help the children to see how the designing, making and evaluating process works in real contexts.
On this page, you will find relevant information about the Design & Technology Curriculum at St Matthew's.

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making.


  • Investigate things and say how they work, what they do and what they are made of;
  • Plan what to make and be able to tell someone else about it;
  • Make things from our plans and be able to say what has or has not worked well and why;
  • Work with tools and equipment safely to measure and mark, cut and shape, join and combine and decorate and finish different materials;
  • Learn about how to use different materials and mechanisms.

  • Investigate and evaluate products to help generate ideas for our own work;
  • Make detailed plans for our ideas showing what we want to achieve and how to do it;
  • Use our plans to make products, evaluating and adapting our ideas as we work;
  • Work with tools and equipment safely and accurately to measure and mark, cut and shape, join and combine and decorate and finish different materials;
  • Learn about how different materials and mechanisms can be used for a purpose

We ensure the children:
  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users and critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
  • Children will design and make a range of products
  • A good quality finish will be expected in all design and activities made appropriate to the age and ability of the child
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