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Design and Technology in Burradon 


The ethos of Design and Technology weaves in well with our school visions and values; particularly the final two.


Be curious about the world around you, ask questions and investigate.


During the research and design phase of a project these values are key in DT.  The children should be curious and play with ideas, not being afraid of getting it wrong. It is also important that the first idea is not the only idea whilst designing a product.


Persevere and be resilient - be the best you can.  


Our children mustn't be afraid to pull their build apart and start again from scratch.  It is key that playing and tinkering with ideas allows different ideas to flourish.  Maybe the fifth design would be much better than the first...who knows unless we are willing to show how resilient we are! 





Burradon Community Primary School believes that Design and Technology prepares
children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. The subject
encourages children to become self-directed and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and
as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by
developing ideas and eventually making products and systems.



The intent of Design and Technology at Burradon Community Primary School are:

  • To develop children’s skills in identifying a need, generating ideas, designing, making and evaluating.
  • To develop imaginative thinking in children and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when evaluating products and when designing and making.
  • To enable children to talk about how things work and to draw and model their ideas.
  • To encourage children to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures.
  • To explore attitudes towards the made world and how we live and work within it.
  • To develop an understanding of technological processes, products, and their manufacture, and their contribution to our society.
  • To foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making.
  • To develop children’s curiosity, originality, co-operation and perseverance.
  • To encourage children’s technical vocabulary.
  • To provide opportunities for children to work both individually and as part of a team.


Implementation: Teaching and Learning

At Burradon Community Primary School Design and Technology is taught in all classes from
Foundation Stage to Year 6. We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in Design and
Technology lessons. The principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in
Design and Technology. Teachers ensure that the children apply their knowledge and understanding
when investigating products, developing ideas, planning and making products and then evaluating
them. We do this through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual/group activities. Within
lessons, we give children the opportunity both to work on their own and to collaborate with others,
listening to other children’s ideas and treating these with respect. Children critically evaluate
existing products, their own work and that of others. They have the opportunity to use a wide
range of materials and resources, including ICT.

Three main elements are planned into each Design and Technology topic:
1- Investigation and Evaluation Activities
2- Focus Practical Tasks to develop skills
3- Design and Make Activities and Evaluate

The investigational activities are the exploratory part of a topic to raise awareness of materials,
methods, items and objects presently used.

The focussed practical tasks are the skill-based activities where the children’s work is directed to
practise or develop particular skills.

The Design and Make Activities are the more open activities where the children can use their skills
to design and make their best design solutions. 






Design and Technology Policy

Progression of Skills Document

Design and Technology LTP 21-22

Knowledge Organisers 1-6

Year 1 designed and made play equipment to improve the outdoor area

Year 1 investigating freestanding structures

A snippet of Design and Technology in Burradon so far...

Bubble and Squeak Year 3

Primary Engineer. If you were an engineer what would you do?

We are excited to announce that Burradon Community Primary are taking part in the 'If you were an engineer what would you do?' 


The competition challenges all pupils to identify a problem and design a creative solution to it alongside a letter explaining why an engineer should choose to build it. 


Every pupil that enters will have their idea read and graded by an engineer. All our pupils will receive certificates and some ideas will be shortlisted and sent to a panel where the best ideas will be celebrated in a national exhibition.




We had a very successful group of entries to this years competition and out of about 30,000 entries we had 7 that were shortlisted as distinctions. We took the children that had been shortlisted to The Discovery Museum where we met the Primary Engineer team and saw our designs on display. Fantastic achievement everyone! 

Look below to see the work that was shortlisted and our budding Burradon engineers :)






Primary Engineer 2022