Design & Technology


At Catherine Junior School, our curriculum is designed to provide, through inspiring and engaging experiences, the knowledge and skills to become independent, life-long learners. We believe that design and technology should inspire creativity and imagination, enabling pupils to design and make products which solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. 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. Pupils apply their mathematics, science, art, reading and computing skills to design and technology activities.

During lessons, pupils have opportunities to develop their skills and critical understanding of design and technology.


Aims and Objectives

We believe that every child can engage with and participate in design and technology with the right kind of teaching and support. At Catherine Junior School, we have high expectations to enable excellence for all and we base our teaching on the belief that all children have the potential to succeed. All aspects of our eight values in the Catherine Code underpin our curriculum, which promotes our school motto and ethos of ‘Together, we can do it!’ Our curriculum is led by our whole school core principles of oracy, reading, experiences and memory and recall.


We aim to develop learners who:

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technical world.
  • Build and apply knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality products for a wide range of users.
  • Critique, evaluate and test ideas and products.
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
  • Recognise design and technology in the world around them and in their everyday experiences.
  • Connect knowledge to other areas of learning and recall what they already know to apply knowledge gained. 
  • Communicate using a range of sophisticated vocabulary and express themselves using oracy skills in a variety of ways.
  • Have a growth mindset and a positive ‘can-do’ attitude towards the subject of Design and Technology.
  • Use the Catherine Code and are supportive, resilient, collaborative, enthusiastic, motivated, respectful, thoughtful and valued.