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Design & Technology

Design and Technology is the process of designing, making and evaluating products fit for a purpose or improving, refining and extending the use of existing products. It develops key skills in creativity as well as resilience, determination and problem solving. 

During their time at St Catherine's, children have the opportunity to design and make a variety of products to fulfill a specific design brief. Each year, they will create a Textiles, Construction and Food Product and engage with the Research - Design - Make - Evaluate process in increasingly challenging ways.  


Our aims in teaching Design and Technology at St Catherine’s are that all children will:

  • develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to design, make and evaluate products fit for a purpose
  • develop the practical skills to work with a wide range of materials and components
  • develop understanding of control systems, energy and structures
  • become aware of the impact of technology and its contribution to the quality of life. 


Click on our D&T Overview to see the projects we take part in over the year!


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Jeremi: “I enjoyed making the pizzas and learning how to cook them.”

Vanessa: “I liked kneading the dough and the staff were really nice.”

Iris: “Learning how to make pizza has really improved my cooking skills.”

Ceasar: “I enjoyed rolling the dough and spreading the cheese on the pizza.”

Chayse: “I learned how hot the oven is – 370 degrees and the maximum is 400 degrees.”

Zofia: “I liked spreading the tomato sauce.

Tendai: “I learned how it only takes 4 minutes to cook the pizza.”

Miss High: “A fantastic trip.  The children had a great time.  A special thanks to the staff at Pizza Express.

Adan: “I really loved that we could make our own pizzas.”


Nelia: “I really liked the Pizza Express visit because we got to see how they make their pizza and I liked banging on the dough to make it flat.”

Amaya: “I really liked it when we went to Pizza Express because I can learn how to make pizza at home and the pizza was really nice.”

Eric: “I enjoyed it as it the pizzas looked really good! I’m now able to make pizza for my family. Sadly, we didn’t get to eat it until home time!”

Laciea: “I really enjoyed it because it was fun to make our own pizza and being able to act like real chefs!”

Daniela: “I really enjoyed being at Pizza Express! The people there were very helpful.  When I made my dough into a circle, I got millions of holes in it!  But they ended up helping me.”

Jorgiah: “I really liked the day and everyone had fun and made amazing pizzas.”

Mr McNamara: “The morning was excellent.  The pupils had a fantastic morning engaging the pizza making process. We must go again!”


Mr Woolman would like to thank Pizza Express for their dedication to developing our pupils’ knowledge and understanding in the cooking and nutrition world.  Mr Woolman would also like to thank Mr Minchin, Mr McNamara, Miss High and Mrs Cranage for taking the pupils to Pizza Express.

Year 5 and 6 Chef Visit Impact Statements


Year 5 and 6 were very lucky to have a real chef come into school and talk to them about the culinary arts!  This allowed them to ask any questions they may want but also see some chopping skills in action!

Exaudi: “I really enjoyed it when he said he cooked for one of the greatest players (Thierry Henry and Drogba).”

Matthew: “I really enjoyed it when Chef High was talking about his career, the people who he had worked for and his awards.”

Marie-Rose: “I liked how he taught us safety lessons and what to do correctly in the kitchen.”

Vanessa: “I learned that Chef High went to a Tabasco Competition with his greatest student and they won!  They now have their own Tabasco sauce!”

Nathan: “I loved when Chef High came in because we got to see Mr Minchin cut a cucumber.”

Dante: “It was very fun.  We got to see his skill and everything!  He’s very talented.”

Amaya: “I liked it because I can do it at home and when I’m out and he taught me bits about hygiene.”

Stanley: “I liked it because we learned about how to be safe in the kitchen and about Chef High’s life.

Miss High: “Very informative for the children to teach them how to look after themselves in the kitchen and what safety procedures are needed."

Mr Woolman would like to thank Miss High for organising Chef High to come in to give a talk for their D&T project this Spring term.  It has clearly benefitted the children whilst having a lot of fun!  Mr Woolman would like to thank Chef High for giving up his time to come in and sharing his knowledge and experience with the children.