Cookridge Holy Trinity
Church of England (VA) Primary School

The Best For Every Child -
a Unique Child of God.

Green Lane, Cookridge Leeds, LS16 7EZ
Telephone: 0113 2253 040

Design and Technology

Mrs Gemma Elders is the Design and Technology subject leader

Curriculum Intent

An inspiring, relevant and practical subject, Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and collaboratively.  High-quality Design and Technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation. At Cookridge Holy Trinity, we encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make purposeful products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other areas of the curriculum particularly science, computing and art. Children are given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and effectiveness. Concentrating on local and global themes from EYFS to Year 6, we aim to provide children with an exciting, relevant and challenging curriculum with a variety of enrichment opportunities. The knowledge and skills based curriculum offered encourages them to become innovators and risk-takers.

The Aims of our Design and Technology Curriculum

In Design and Technology, our children will have the opportunity to:

  • Master practical skills

This concept involves developing the skills needed to make high quality products in Construction, Textiles, Mechanical and Electrical systems, Computing and Cooking.

  • Design, make, evaluate and improve

This concept involves developing the process of design thinking and seeing design as a process.

  • Take inspiration from design throughout history

This concept involves appreciating the design process that has influenced the products we use in everyday life.

Cooking and Nutrition

Our aim is for every child at Cookridge Holy Trinity Primary to have the opportunity to cook at least once every term and for children to share their culinary delights with their family at home. Once the children have cooked at school they will bring home a copy of the recipe and we encourage parents to try cooking with your children at home.

It is hoped that through cooking regularly at school, children will learn an essential life skill and become competent cooks, knowing how to prepare and handle food safely. The children will also learn the importance of eating a balanced healthy diet and the origins of their food.

Where possible, we try to link in our cooking lessons to other areas of the curriculum- for example Year 4 learn about Italy so the children have the opportunity to make Pizza. English is incorporated into lessons- Children write their own recipes and evaluate them against an instructions checklist. Maths is incorporated through weighing and measuring and ratio and proportion. PSHE is also an important aspect of our lessons. Children learn to work together as a team, take turns and eat sociably together. They learn about where food comes from and the importance of a balanced diet.

Rationale and Policy

Design & Technology Rationale 2022

Design & Technology Policy 2021-2022

Long term plan and Skills progression

Long term plan for Design and Technology

Design and Technology skills progression

Some website links

What is DT?

Design and Technology Photos

Photos from 2020 – 2021

Photos from 2019 – 2020

Photos from 2018 – 2019

Photos from 2017 – 2018