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Design and Technology

Design and Technology is a practical and creative subject, where children have the opportunity to solve problems within relevant and inspiring contexts. It draws upon a range of skills, including mathematics, art, computing and science, and promotes curiosity, resilience and imagination. Children develop an understanding of technology and its impact in an ever-changing world, as well as practical life skills, which the children will continue to develop as they move through and beyond their time at Wellow.


Design and Technology is carefully mapped through the school, with some units taught discretely and others with cross-curricular links. The children follow a process of designing, making and evaluating their work. Through this process, we teach the children technical skills, covering a range of skill areas, including use of textiles, construction materials, mechanisms, moldable materials, cookery and nutrition. Children develop problem-solving skills and have the opportunity to take risks in their learning as they make links in their experiences, choose ways to do things and persist when challenges occur. Through practical work, children begin to select resources, test ideas and choose ways to solve problems. Children evaluate their work and the work of others against design criteria, considering the effectiveness of the methods and resources used, and responding to constructive feedback from others.

Teaching Safeguarding through Design & Technology

At Wellow, through our curriculum we support children to…

  • to gain and understanding of the touch and feel of certain materials
  • accept when something goes wrong or doesn’t turn out as expected
  • celebrate the success of others to give encouragement and boost self-esteem
  • choose materials safely including things like no sharp edges etc.
  • use tools and resources that are appropriate for a task
  • work inclusively with all children who may have different needs
  • express opinions, giving and receiving constructive feedback
  • work safely when managing food intolerances
  • develop tenacity to innovative and be creative in their thinking

Curiosity, Innovation and Excellence