Fernvale Primary School

Fernvale Primary School

A place to learn and grow

Somerby Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE7 9PR


0116 241 6722

Design and Technology


Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team.  They are taught to look for opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making a range of products.  The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators.

  • to develop children’s designing and making skills,
  • to teach children the knowledge and understanding, within each child’s ability, that will be required to complete the making of their product,
  • to teach children the safe and effective use of a range of tools, materials and components,
  • to develop children’s understanding of the ways in which people have designed products in the past and present to meet their needs,
  • to develop children's creativity and innovation through designing and making,
  • to develop children’s understanding of technological processes, their management and their contribution to society


At Fernvale, we have 5 core strands that run through our Design and Technology curriculum. Each strand has a progression in knowledge and skills, detailed in this document, that link the topic areas together.

  • Stable Structures
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence and Control
  • Electronics
  • Food and Nutrition

Design and Technology is taught in termly blocks alongside Art and Design, this enable children to focus on either Art and Design or Design Technology within a term. The DT units of work are intrinsically linked to 5 key threshold concepts, skills and prior knowledge are built upon and revisited throughout the school.

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