Design Technology

Subject Leader Profile

Robert Allen

Having previously spent some of my working life in industry, I am keen for children to be problem solvers and creative thinkers with a strong resilience. It is our responsibility as primary educators to help children to learn the skills that will prepare them for the unknown world of tomorrow.

Learning new skills, problem solving, being creative and enjoyment are at the heart of a child’s development. As outlined in the National Curriculum, Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

  • The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
    develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • 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
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Design & Technology at Roe Lee

Design and Technology at Roe Lee Park Primary is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject that is accessible to all our children. It encourages children to learn to think and improvise creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team, which will develop collaborative working and respect for other children’s abilities. The children are given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers. We want to create independent, creative problem solvers. Through the use of enquiry, we encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Children are then taught to select and use appropriate tools, safely, to make a product. The children at Roe Lee Park Primary will develop a Design and Technology vocabulary when understanding the process of designing and six principles of design – user, purpose, functionality, design decisions, innovations and authenticity. Wherever possible, we aim to link work to other curriculum areas such as maths, English, science, computing and art, with a focus on STEM questioning and preparing our children for the careers they may embark upon as adults. The lifelong skills they will develop will help prepare them to make informed decisions about the our future world.