Design & Technology

Subject Leader: Mrs E Burrell

Growing up as a farmer’s daughter, I developed a natural curiosity about how things work. I was always eager to learn and would ask my dad countless questions to develop my knowledge and understanding about various concepts. Instead of merely providing answers, my dad encouraged hands-on learning experiences, allowing me to actively participate in tasks such as fixing fences and tying wool sheets with intricate stitching. Together, we even indulged in making and eating delicious homemade chocolate cakes.

As a teacher, I am committed to providing all children at Applegarth School with opportunities to develop lifelong skills through engaging design and technology units. I believe that hands-on experiences and active participation are key to fostering a love for learning and nurturing essential life skills.

Drawing from inspiration from the local area, I recognise the wealth of learning opportunities available. Weekly markets provide a platform for celebrating local produce and offer the chance to develop research skills by studying existing products. Family farms, which play a vital role in the agricultural sector, are also deserving of recognition and appreciation. Additionally, our local play park is a space where our pupils have actively planned, designed and contributed to its development.


Design Technology Policies & DocumentsDownload
Design and Technology Long-Term Plan*Download
Progression in Design and TechnologyDownload
National Curriculum – Design and TechnologyDownload

Our Design Technology curriculum is split into three key sections each year. Each year group will create three different projects by the end of the year. The first half of each term is used to develop an understanding of the project and develop the necessary skills which are needed to successfully complete the project, whilst the second half of the term is designing and making the project.

*As we continue our curriculum journey, speak to our subject, Mrs Burrell for the most-up-to-date version of our design and technology long-term plan.


Children learn about a wide range of materials, manufacturing processes and creative design-based activities with a focus on working increasingly independently to develop their own ideas effectively both individually and within groups. The various projects, which are completed throughout the children’s schooling career, build on the work completed in previous years, ensuring children are constantly developing their knowledge, skills and understanding as they review and evaluate their design proposals and project outcomes. Children develop their own portfolio of work in Design & Technology as they progress throughout Primary School and transition into Secondary School.


Privacy Policy

We regard your privacy as important and any personal information you give to us will be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulations.

We do not store personal information about individuals who visit this site except where they provide contact information via our contact us page and contact forms available on various pages throughout the website.

Any information you provide will only be used for the reasons specified and it will not be shared with any third party without your consent, unless required by law.

Your contact details are kept securely and are only accessed by authorised members of staff as part of the provision of school services. If you do not wish us to keep this contact information please tell us.

This website uses Google Analytics which provides statistical data about the usage of the site. This information is not used to identify individuals, but is collected to provide us with an understanding of the areas of interest on our site and how our site is being used.

If you are connected to the internet you will have an IP Address. This may take the form of a figure, such as 333.333.22.1. The address will be automatically collected and logged as part of the connection of your computer to our web server and may be used to determine the total number of visits to each part of the site. This data is not collected and used for other purposes.

This website contains links to other websites. The School is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites or organisations and recommends you consult the privacy information on those sites.

This policy will be reviewed and updated versions will be posted on the website.

If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, the Information Commissioner is the independent regulator for both Data Protection and Freedom of Information.