Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School

Live, Love, Learn. Together we will soar to new heights

Brunswick Street, St. Helens, Merseyside WA9 2JE

01744 678670


Design Technology 

Our Design Technology subject leader is Mrs Leanne Hodgson. 

Our Design Technology Ambassadors. 

" Design is intelligence made visible." Alina Wheeler 

Our Design Technology Vision At Holy Spirit

In Design Technology Curriculum, at Holy Spirit Primary School, we strive to create opportunities for children to improve their planning and appraisal skills. We provide opportunities for children to become independent thinkers, problem solvers and brave in their creative choices. 


The aim of our curriculum is to ensure coverage of immersive and interesting topics which also cover the NC requirements across the school. Therefore, we aim to develop both the use of different materials and media in the lessons but also the overall coverage of DT within the school. Further teaching and learning of the understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users is also one of our intended areas of learning. In addition to this, we aim to focus on teaching the children how to understand and apply the principles of nutrition and to learn how to cook. Critical thinking and feedback to peers is also an area we will be working hard to develop and promote within the lessons. Children can do this with confidence now in Art and we will use this critical approach in DT. We have recently purchased a membership to the DT Association to enhance learning in this area.


We follow a broad and balanced Design and Technology curriculum that builds on previous learning and provides both support and challenge for learners. We follow a Design and Technology scheme that ensures and progression of skills and covers all aspects of the Design and Technology curriculum. All classes will have a scheduled Design and Technology lesson each week/all classes will not have a scheduled Design and Technology lesson each week but will be taught Design and Technology alongside other curriculum subjects. We want to ensure that Design and Technology is embedded in our whole school curriculum and that opportunities for enhancing learning by using design and technology are always taken.


Our children enjoy and value Design and Technology and know why they are doing things, not just how. Children will understand and appreciate the value of Design and
Technology in the context of their personal well-being and the creative and cultural industries and their many career opportunities. Progress in Design and Technology is demonstrated through regularly reviewing and scrutinising children’s work, in accordance with our Design and Technology assessment policy to ensure that progression of skills is taking place. Namely through: looking at pupils’ work, especially over time as they gain skills and knowledge; observing how they perform in lessons and talking to them about what they know.

The Design and Technology curriculum will contribute to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. This would be seen in them being able to talk confidently about their work, and sharing their work with others.

Progress will be shown through outcomes and through the important record of the
process leading to them.


Roadmap for Design Technology from Nursery to Year 6

 DT long term overview

DT progression map year 1

DT progression map year 2

DT progression map year 3

DT progression map year 4

DT progression map year 5

DT progression map year 6

Our fantastic Design Technology work 

During the spring term our children created some fantastic DT work. Check out our learning journey below… 

Year 1: Puppets

Year 1 have been learning how to join two pieces of fabric together  pins, staples and glue. The then designed their own  puppet and use one of the above joining techniques joined their two puppets’ faces together as one and decorated it to match their design.

Year 2: Balanced diets 

Year 2 have been looking at the main food groups and identifying foods that belong to each of these groups. They have tasted a range of foods and have been describing the taste, feel and smell. They then used this understanding to create and construct a wrap that meets the design brief and their plan.

Year 3: Pneumatics

Year 3 have been learning all about pneumatics and how air can be used to power everyday objects such as brakes, trains and tyres. Using the idea of pneumatics,  the children created their own design sketches and used a wide range of resources to design and make their own fully functional pneumatic toy.

Year 4: Adapting recipes 

Year 4 have had a scrumptious time exploring the different features of biscuits using taste, texture and appearance. They have them used this research to design and make their own biscuit follow a recipe and a set budget.

Year 5: Stuffed toys

Year 5 have been learning how to join two pieces of fabric together using a blanket stitch. Then, using their newly learnt skills the children designed their own stuffed toy then neatly cut out their fabric and used a blanket stitch to assemble their stuffed toy, repairing them when needed.

Year 6: Waistcoats

Year 6 have been exploring a range of materials and secure fastenings to design and create their own waistcoats. The children have been practising and developing their running stitch technic so that they can successfully join materials and make a functional waistcoat.  

During the autumn term our children really enjoyed their DT topics. Have a look at their learning journeys below...