Dorney School

The Little Village School with a Big Heart

Design and Technology

Aims & Purpose

Each subject leader regularly reviews the purpose and aims for their subjects.  These are based upon the National Curriculum statements, developed by a range of educational and subject-specific experts.  These statements lay out the aims of each subject at Dorney School.

Design and Technology

At Dorney School we believe that design and technology should be taught in an inspiring, rigorous and practical way.  Therefore we encourage all our pupils to use their creativity and imaginations to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.  We teach a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.  Our pupils’ learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.  Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.  We believe that an inclusive, high quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.


All pupils, regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability have access to all parts of the D and T curriculum.


Through the teaching of design and technology at Dorney School we aim to ensure that all of our pupils:

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a range of users
  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to prepare food



Curriculum Overviews

Our curriculum has been mapped to ensure that there is clear progression across the school. Subject leaders regularly review the topics taught in each year group to ensure that pupils are taught the right content at the right time.