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As Designers we BELIEVE that...

We believe that the teaching of Design and Technology at Eskdale encourages our pupils to become curious and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team, preparing them for the developing world and for further Design and Technology teaching beyond key stage two. 

The learning of Design and Technology at Eskdale is rooted in all five of our core values and combines practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues. Design and Technology helps our children to become discerning, informed consumers and potential innovators with a greater awareness and understanding of how everyday products are designed and made. 

As Designers we STRIVE to...

Our core intent is to enable our pupils to strive to:


  • develop imaginative thinking, enabling them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making; 
  • talk about how things work, and to draw and model their ideas  
  • apply their knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning and making products  
  • use a wide range of materials and resources, including ICT and to think and work independently and collaboratively 
  • critically evaluating both their own and others work, extending and improving their ideas  
  • select appropriate tools and techniques for making product, whilst following safe procedures; 
  • use ICT software to assist our designing and learning where appropriate 

As Designers we ACHIEVE by...

Design and Technology is taught through a variety of creative and practical cross-curricular activities working within different contexts. Our pupils are taught to use their increasing technical knowledge (including that of ICT) to:

  • Design – develop their own ideas and design criteria based on product research and an understanding of how designers and designs have influenced the world. 
  • Make – use an increasing range of tools and equipment accurately, select appropriate materials and consider functionality and aesthetics when making prototypes and products. 
  • Evaluate – improve their ideas and products against their own design criteria whilst considering the views of others, their targeted audience and the purpose, appeal and innovation of their product. 
  • Cook - follow the principles of nutrition and healthy eating to prepare and cook balanced meals, considering provenance, seasonality and sustainability of ingredients.