Cottesmore St Mary Catholic Primary School

Design & Technology  

What is DT?

Design and Technology is an exciting subject. Design encourages the children to be creative thinkers and innovators and the technology aspect allows the children to apply science, mathematics, computing and art knowledge to the project.

Why is it important to learn about DT?

It is important to learn Design and Technology because it develops young children’s skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food. DT encourages children’s creativity and encourages them to think about important issues.

Cooking and nutrition:  As part of their work with food, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life

How is DT taught at Cottesmore? 

During Design and Technology lessons children are taught to design and make their own products and investigate existing products. Children have the opportunity to learn a range of skills and techniques and work with a variety of materials including textiles, food, technical components and modelling materials. This is often linked to the term’s topic or as part of the school’s Forest School activities. The children are also encouraged to design with a particular end-user in mind and then to evaluate their own work and the work of others.

The children also develop their Cooking and Nutritional knowledge and understanding through Design and Technology. Children learn where food comes from and how it is grown. They develop their understanding of food processes and food groups. All year groups develop skills in food preparation and use a wide range of ingredients to support planning, designing and making healthy recipes.

How you can support your child at home with DT and Food Technology?

Good food education – making a difference Teaching children about cooking and food can make a real difference to the quality of their lives; it equips them with the confidence to make healthy food choices as well as teaching them how to enjoy their food. Learning to cook from an early age can contribute to maintaining a healthy weight, improving oral health and general health and wellbeing.

Our innovative and creative approach to teaching food technology was the subject of an ‘Our Future Cities Blog’ which recognises and promotes best practise:




Below are some websites you might find useful to help your child learn DT at home: