Cannon Lane

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Design & Technology

Our Vision: At Cannon Lane, our aim is to provide pupils with the opportunity to develop lifelong, transferable life skills, that enable them to become independent and confident inventors, designers, and engineers.


Design and Technology allows pupils to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to successfully navigate their lives into adulthood. We provide this by immersing our children in a range of real-life contexts and problem solving, allowing children to be creative, imaginative, curious, analytic, and evaluative. 


The curriculum for Design and Technology draws on the learning from a wide range of other subjects, including Maths for accurate measurements, art for designing and evaluative understanding and computing skills for researching and designing. This allows our children to practically apply their knowledge and skills when they are designing and creating new products. During the process, children are immersed in subject specific language, and develop the confidence to use this vocabulary to articulate their ideas clearly. The skills under teach topic are taught progressively to ensure that all children can learn, practice, and implement each skill as they move through school.


Across children’s time at Cannon Lane, all children will cover these key concepts:

  • Food and nutrition
  • Textiles
  • Structures
  • Mechanisms
  • Electrical Systems


Children are taught to develop imaginative and critical thinking skills, enabling children to talk about what they like and dislike when designing making and evaluating;

  • Children are encouraged to talk about how things work, and to draw and model their ideas;
  • Children are taught how to select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures;
  • Through inspiring teaching and real-life contexts, children foster enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose when designing and making;
  • Children are taught how to use computing software to assist their designing and learning.

Design and Technology at Cannon Lane

Children have been enjoying their after school club using the food technology kitchen with Kiddie Cook. 

They have been learning how to; use a knife safely when chopping, mixing wet and dry ingredients, measuring seasoning using measuring spoons and following a recipe. The children have thoroughly enjoyed tasting the ingredients too. Once they have finished their preparation, they take their delicious cooking home to enjoy.