Why is Design Technology Important?

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. Pupils 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.

Aims

The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to coo

Nuffield Primary Design and Technology

The Nuffield Foundation began supporting design and technology in 1990 by establishing the Nuffield Design and Technology Project. The project's approach focused on 'combining the intellectual with the practical'. A wide range of curriculum materials were produced that work well in the classroom.

This collection contains resources for design and technology at Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.

Resources within these collections are taken from the 24 Nuffield Primary Solutions units of work. Each unit includes lesson by lesson teaching guidance, a listing of new vocabulary, a description of links to other subjects and full details of resource requirements.

Nuffield Primary DT Resources

 

 

Bermuda Kite Instructions

After watching the Bermuda Kite building video you may want to build your own Bermuda kite.  Below is a link to download some very detailed and comprehensive instructions about building a Bermuda kite.

Bermuda Kite Instructions

In Bermuda, kites play an important role in the island’s cultural heritage. On Good Friday, Bermudans celebrate with the national flying of kites, because at Easter, kites are associated with the ascension of Christ into heaven.