At Hempland, we foster the development of the fundamental skills embedded within Design and Technology: planning, designing, making and evaluating. Design and Technology requires pupils to apply knowledge and skills to solve practical problems and we strive to give children real life scenarios that allow them to be creative and to design with intent and purpose. Our aim is to develop the designers and engineers of tomorrow. We make things that work, and make things work better.

How Design and Technology links with our school values

Children learn to collaborate and work together to problem solve. This encourages children to communicate and collaborate effectively and respectfully.
Children have the opportunity to take part in the design, make and evaluation process over a range of topics using a variety of skills.  They consider design and engineering in the real world and use this to inform their designing processes.
Through solving real life problems, children are behaving like professionals in different fields.   They start to recognise that these are skills they can pursue in a range of ways when they reach adulthood.
Success not coming from the final product but from the process is a key aspect of design.  Through the process of evaluating and improving their work, children learn that resilience is vital.


  • Design and Technology is taught based on the National Curriculum for Years 1 to 6 and EYFS Development Matters.
  • The curriculum is taught in 5 strands across school: Mechanisms, Structures, Food technology, Textiles and (Years 4, 5, 6 only) Electric systems
  • A carefully planned whole school progression of Design and Technology knowledge and skills ensures that children are developing as designers and makers.
  • Children are explicitly taught the appropriate skills and knowledge and are then given the opportunity to apply these independently to solve a problem
  • Cook school enhances the teaching of Food technology and provides further practical experiences.
  • External links are made through providers including STEM Ambassadors, STEM Learning, F1 in Schools.
  • DT is supported through STEM clubs and a whole school STEM week.


  • Children will develop a love for DT processes and skills.
  • Children will apply their skills and knowledge to solve problems.
  • Children will be inspired to pursue Design and Technology, either through further study or as a future career.