St. Columba's Catholic Boys' School

Design Technology

Purpose of study

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. They 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, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.


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.


Within the subject, every pupil is treated and catered for individually to ensure that their needs are met. Work is differentiated accordingly and teachers plan their lessons within DT to teach to the higher ability. At KS3, pupils have access to progress cards, giving help, guidance and examples from all levels from 4 up to 7. Pupils have the option to select help cards to assist them and are guided by the teacher. This encourages self-motivation and reasonability which ties in with our SMSC.

At KS4, every pupil has one to one support in order to achieve their full potential, regardless of their individual needs or background. Last year, every pupil was treated as a ‘Pupil premium’ pupil which helped to raise our expectations and grades in Resistant Materials.

Numeracy and Mathematics

Numeracy and Maths are vital aspects of the design and making processes so is something that we value within the subject. Data is collected and analysed at both KS3 and KS4 within the research sections of all projects.

Language and Literacy

It is vital for pupils to be able to communicate their designs to their target market as well as to each other and to their teachers. Language, both verbal and written, is essential to DT. Pupils has access to key questions and help sheets at all levels and grades to help them develop their literacy skills and aim high.

Vocabulary Development

Pupils develop their vocabulary within DT by using key words and becoming more confident using tools and equipment during practical lessons. This is then reflected in their theory and home work.

Literacy Intent statement

In Design Technology we teach our students key technical and subject specific terms, which enables them to communicate and express ideas effectively when reporting back or collaborating with others. We inspire, equip and support students in developing a high level of reading and literacy capability through the use of teacher modelling, explanation and the maintenance of high expectations.


Link to Curriculum Booklets