• Design & 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.
  • Pupils acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.
  • Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.
  • Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, pupils develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
  • High-quality Design & Technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Aims of the Clavering Curriculum for Design & Technology

The Clavering Curriculum for Design & 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.

Clavering Learning Foci for Design & Technology 

1. To design, make and evaluate: to research and design; to make; to evaluate. 

2. To master practical skills: construction; mechanics; textiles; electricals and electronics; materials; computing;  

3. To acquire and apply knowledge of cooking and nutrition.

Topics studied in each year group

Year 1:

Food Technology 1; Construction 1; Mechanics 1; Textiles 1

Year 2:

Food Technology 2; Construction 2; Mechanics 2; Textiles 2

Year 3:

Food Technology 3; Construction 3; Textiles 3

Year 4:

Food Technology 4; Electricals and Electronics 1; Mechanics 3

Year 5:

Food Technology 5; Electricals and Electronics 2; Construction 4

Year 6:

Food Technology 6; Mechanics 4; Textiles 4



1. Four D&T topics are taught in Lower School and three D&T topics are taught in Middle School and Upper School;

2. ‘Food Technology’ units are taught in every year group;

3. ‘Construction’ and ‘Mechanics’ units alternate in Key Stage 2 (‘Construction’ is taught in Years 3 and 5 and ‘Mechanics’ is taught in Year 4 and Year 6);

4. ‘Textiles’ and ‘Electricals and Electronics’ units alternate in Key Stage 2 (‘Textiles’ is taught in Years 3 and 6 and ‘Electricals and Electronics’ is taught in Years 4 and 5 – linking with the Clavering Curriculum for Science);

5. The ‘Materials’ and ‘Computing’ learning foci are taught within other D&T units (i.e. there are no designated ‘Materials’ or ‘Computing’ units within the D&T long-term-plan);

6. ‘Textiles’ is also taught within the Clavering Curriculum for Art & Design – but from an artistic perspective, rather than a product design viewpoint.