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Parbold Douglas Church of England Academy

Design & Technology

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject.


At Parbold Douglas, using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. 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. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.


Our curriculum:


Drawing on resources and expertise from the Design and Technology Association, our units of work are carefully mapped to ensure children build knowledge and skills cumulatively over time. We regularly invest in materials and equipment so that all of our pupils can enjoy a safe and challenging D&T education. The curriculum map (see PDF download above) sets out the 3 units of work pupils will complete each year.


How are units structured?


Units of work comprise of three types of activity:

  • Investigative and Evaluative Activities (IEAs) where children learn from a range of existing products or find out about this aspect of D&T in the wider world;
  • Focussed Tasks (FTs) where they are taught the specific technical knowledge, designing skills and making skills;
  • Design, Make and Evaluate Assignment (DMEA) where they design, create and evaluate a functional product with a specific user and purpose in mind.


So that children understand the context for their learning, we give them an overview of what they will be designing, making and evaluating for the DMEA before they undertake any activities. This ensures they have a clear goal and know where their learning is taking them throughout the unit.


Through IEAs and FTs, children are equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills to engage successfully and with increasing independence in the DMEA.


Managing risk and ensuring safety:


Before delivering each unit of work, class teachers complete a comprehensive risk assessment alongside the D&T subject leader to minimise any risks associated with the teaching and learning activities that have been planned. Copies of these risk assessments can be made available to parents on request.