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Design Technology

Design Technology at Merton Abbey Primary


“Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design.”

Stephen Gardiner


“One man’s ‘magic’ is another man’s engineering.”

Robert A. Heinlein 


“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”

Jonathan Swift


In order to prepare our children to face the challenges of an ever-changing and developing world, we must encourage them to become creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. Our design and technology curriculum is inspiring, rigorous and practical; it challenges pupils to make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. As children advance through the school, they develop their understanding of how everyday products are designed and made, aesthetic, and social and environmental issues, which encourages them to become discriminating and informed consumers and potential innovators. They also learn the principles of a healthy diet and how to prepare sweet and savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques.


Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, our children develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. Our design and technology curriculum encompass a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Our aim is for our pupils to learn how to take risks and to become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.


The design and technology subject leader is Clare Whitehead. 

Design and Technology Policy

Design and Technology Curriculum Map

Design and Technology Progression in Disciplinary Knowledge