Design & Technology


At Ambleside Primary School, we believe that the teaching and learning of design and technology (DT) is important for the development of all pupils in the world we live in. Children are encouraged to develop a greater understanding and knowledge of technology, as well as their safe use of it. The skills required by the DT curriculum give our children an opportunity to develop and enhance techniques that may be required later in life. DT also enables children to develop creativity and imagination as pupils deign and make products that solve real ad relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.


At Ambleside, a DT project is taught every term. These projects have been designed to include the main elements of designing, making and evaluating whilst developing the children’s technical knowledge. Each project is strongly linked to Maths and Science as well as each termly theme allowing the children to make links and achieve a deeper understanding. The outcomes of the projects are recorded in DT books through the use of detailed plans, design criteria, photo evidence of the skills being used and an informative evaluation. These are assessed through our age related expectations, allowing an accurate assessment to be made throughout the year.


DT will impact Ambleside learners in the following ways:

  • They will evaluate, test, and critique their products as well as those of others.
  • They will apply knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and create products for a wide range of users or to solve a problem.
  • They will explore and use a range of materials to create a working product. 
  • They will understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.


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