Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School

Design and Technology

Design and Technology should provide children with a real life context for learning. At Etz Chaim, we want to allow children to aspire to be more through creating opportunities for them in the wider world. Through the DT curriculum, children should be inspired by engineers, designers, chefs and architects to enable them to create a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems and food products with a real life purpose.


We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.

All teaching of DT should follow the research, design, make and evaluate cycle. Each stage should be rooted in technical knowledge. The design process should be rooted in real life, relevant contexts to give meaning to learning. Whilst making, children should be given choice and a range of tools to choose freely from. To evaluate, children should be able to evaluate their own products against a design criteria. Each of these steps should be rooted in technical knowledge and vocabulary. DT should be taught to a high standard, where each of the stages should be given equal weight.


The key areas of DT are:

  • Mechanisms and Control Systems
  • Electrical Systems
  • Structures
  • Textiles
  • Cooking and Nutrition 


Please click here to view our Progression Document.