Forestdale Primary School

Believe - Aspire - Excel


Be on time..... gates open at 8:40 and close at 8:50 - learning starts at 8.40am in class.....


All our curriculum starts in our Foundation Stage click on the link below to see how we teach D&T in EYFS


At Forestdale children enjoy Design and Technology and we aim to develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.  During D&T lessons children 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.  They also learn to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.


Another strand of D&T is for children to understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.  Each year group takes on increasingly more complex work with food.


There are four steps in the process that children become familiar with:


1. Design - ensuring the design is purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria  generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology


2. Make -  select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks using a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics


3. Evaluate -  explore and evaluate a range of existing products and evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria


4. Technical knowledge  build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable  explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products

The file below details the progression of D&T throughout the curriculum

We follow the National Curriculum - click on the link below:

Have a look at the DT projects so far this year .....


Awards we have received so far.

  • Primary Science
  • Healthy Schools
  • Health for Life
  • Artsmark Award
  • EEF
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Music Mark