Why do we teach Design Technology at Mersea Island School?
At Mersea Island School, we want our children to receive a high-quality Design Technology education
so that all pupils are confident in the fundamentals of Design Technology, have the ability to
evaluate existing products and their designs, and can apply their knowledge, skills and understanding
to design and create their own products in a range of meaningful contexts. The curriculum for
Design Technology is carefully sequenced to build knowledge, skills, vocabulary and experiences
which build on prior learning and enable pupils to make connections between ideas/their learning
and the world around them. We also want pupils to have an appreciation of Design Technology and
aim to nurture a sense of fun and curiosity about the subject.
We want the children to see Design Technology as being relevant to their world and applicable
to everyday life as well as being something that develops through their school life and ultimately
to the world of employment/and beyond. To that end, we aim to provide a high-quality,
interrelated and creative experience which is one that develops the children’s ability to design
and construct and one which allows them to apply the skills they have developed in a variety of
We recognise our school has a very unique setting and use the local environment as a rich
learning resource. We are mindful that our pupils need to be aware of the cultural diversity
which exists beyond the island and actively seek opportunities to deepen our pupils’
awareness, understanding and tolerance of the multicultural world in which we live.