Sele First School

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Design and Technology




Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject through which pupils encounter many opportunities to develop socially, morally, spiritually and their cultural understanding. Using creativity and imagination, children design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

At Sele First School, children acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Children 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, well-being and future of the nation.

Children have the opportunity to work independently and as a team to build resilience and self-esteem through tasks, sharing ideas and resources, peer-assessment and encouraging students to support each other.

Design and Technology is taught across the year with an additional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) fortnight throughout school including Nursery.

During STEM, each year group are set a challenge that is planned to ensure continuity and progression in knowledge and skills across all key phases.

Sele First School aims to produce learners who are confident and aware of the nature of technology and who appreciate the contribution others have made to technology in the world.

We will do this by:

  • Promoting discovery and understanding of ideas and feelings and providing a means of expressing these visually.

  • Developing pupils’ capacity to invent and interpret images and objects: designing, making, evaluating, appreciating and gaining an insight into technological processes, through their own inventions of objects, systems and environments and also by appreciating how people have solved problems in the past, in other parts of the world and at home.

  • Using parents and people from the world of work to share their experiences and views in a way that is meaningful and relates to and extends the children’s everyday experiences.