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DT Policy

Ambergate Primary School


A Policy for Design and Technology



At Ambergate School we aim to;

  • Enable children to draw upon a range of skills and techniques.
  • Promote the use of appropriate materials for the task in hand.
  • Encourage children to be enthusiastic about design activities.
  • Further a wide knowledge of how everyday objects are designed and made.
  • Fulfil legal requirements of the National Curriculum.


Teaching strategies and planning.

Teachers identify the most appropriate teaching strategies for a particular learning situation. This is a subject where parental help is encouraged. Parents are made aware of the safety issues involved and also of the objectives which the children are working towards.

Design and technology is a foundation subject which can be applied across most areas of the curriculum, staff are encouraged to promote the cross-curricular links.

Teachers’ planning is based on, and will meet the requirements of, the National Curriculum. Reception children will be supported through the Early Learning Goals with resources and staffing appropriate to the Foundation stage.


Continuity and Progression.

Continuity will be ensured by following the rolling programme and by our record keeping system.

Progression will be achieved by placing an increasing demand upon children to develop their designing and making skills and expectations of high quality work are the norm in school. This includes the use of an increasingly wider range of materials and drawing upon specific knowledge and understanding.


Monitoring, Record Keeping and Assessment.

Samples of work are moderated as part of whole school subject review cycle. Due to the practical nature of the work, evidence of activities undertaken may be in the form of notes or photographs. Children are encouraged to plan, design and evaluate their own work.

Evaluation of work is carried out through marking, discussion, assessment and classroom observations.

Annual reports to parents include and end of year summary.







Equal opportunities and special needs.

DT offers practical situations where children can work together.

All activities are planned to ensure full and active participation of all children.

Activities are likely to be differentiated by outcome rather than by task, although this will remain the responsibility of the individual teacher and where necessary activities are differentiated to cater for different abilities.



The children are encouraged to use a wide range of resources to support their work.

Most equipment is stored in a central resource area, although each class has a supply of regularly used items.

All children are given regular instruction in the safe and considerate use of resources.



Safety is a major factor in ensuring successful D.T. All issues need to be discussed with the co-ordinator and the head. Safety issues related to a specific task are discussed with the children before starting work.


The Role of the Headteacher

  • To have overall responsibility for all curriculum areas
  • Provide adequate resources through the school budget.
  • Monitor DT provision
  • Support staff in planning activities
  • Prepare and lead training as necessary.
  • Maintain an overview of DT throughout the school.





Reviewed  07.10.2014