St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Primary School

Deanwood Drive, Parkwood, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 9NP
Tel: 01634 371892
Headteacher: Mrs Louise Prestidge

Subject Leader: Mrs S Campion 
Whole School Art and Design Curriculum Map 


At St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Primary School, we aim to provide all children with a broad and balanced curriculum which prepares them for life beyond primary education. We encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. During Design and Technology, we teach children the language skills they will need to be effective communicators, whilst encouraging them to be critical thinkers, forward planners and effective problem solvers. We also teach our children to be able to work as capable individuals and as part of a valuable team. 



To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Design Technology, we implement a curriculum that is progressive, engaging, broad and balanced throughout the whole school. This includes the use of a variety of teaching and learning styles to meet the needs of all the children. We use Curriculum Maestro which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught in each Key Stage to create our Design and Technology curriculum, which follows the Primary National Curriculum. Teachers plan their lessons using Curriculum Maestro units of work which follow a progression of knowledge and skills document. The progression document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills and knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group. 

Each year group focuses on three Design Technology themes a year; these include projects based on structure, mechanisms, nutrition and textiles. In KS2 electrical systems are taught through cross curricular links with science. 



Within Design Technology we encourage children to become creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team which will prepare them to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. Children learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. The children will build and apply a range of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make products for a wide range of users. They will be able to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.