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Design & Technology

D&T offers pupils at Southbury an opportunity to demonstrate creativity and imagination. The children are able to develop a critical understanding of past and present design and technology as well as the increasingly technological world around them, where technology is rapidly evolving and advancing. Pupils are required to draw upon knowledge from across the curriculum, including from subjects such as maths, science, computing and art.

The topics covered allow the children to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own, and others’ needs and wants. Pupils are encouraged and supported to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products in order to refine and improve them accordingly. As part of topics focused on nutrition and cooking, the children also develop crucial life skills. We aim for this to promote enthusiasm for healthy living in alliance with our ‘Healthy Schools’ status.


At Southbury, we follow the National Curriculum for Design and Technology, which states that all pupils should:

  • ​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 wide 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 cook