'Design and Technology should be the subject where mathematical brainboxes and science whizzkids turn their bright ideas into useful products.'

James Dyson


At Atwood, design and technology is practical, fun and engaging subject which combines creativity and imagination leading to our pupils designing and making products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts.

Through design and technology, our pupils acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and skills and draw upon other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.  As our pupils progress through the school they:


  • Design- research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products; generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional diagrams and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design


  • Make- select from and use a wide range of tools and equipment to perform a range of practical tasks; select a use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients


  • Evaluate- investigate and analyse a range of existing products; evaluate their own ideas and products against their own design criteria


  • Technical knowledge- apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and re-inforce more complex structures; understand and use mechanical systems in their products (for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages); understand and use electrical systems in their products (for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors); apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products


At Atwood, our pupils benefit from a fully functioning Cooking Room  in order to learn about cooking and nutrition.  Furthermore, Atwood has a dedicated small DT Room for 6 pupils to work with an adult on various projects.  Here they learn to use tools safely, making a range of different projects and structures. Atwood also boasts a 30 metre polytunnel to grow food from seeds as well as raised beds within our allotment areas.

As part of their work with food, our pupils will be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.  We believe in working in partnership with our school catering provider, AIP, to educate our pupils about the amazing world of food.

Curriculum Guidance

Click on the link below for an overview of the IPC taught across each year group throughout the year


Design Technology Curriculum

An overview of the design technology curriculum taught across each year group throughout the year.


National Curriculum for Design Technology

A detailed description of the skills and knowledge taught in in each Key Stage.