Children are taught a range of knowledge, skills and techniques to support them in their designing and making capability and their progress is continuously evaluated.
As each child reaches a different level or encounters an obstacle in their work, a new challenge is set or they are shown the most appropriate way forward, dependant on their ability, skills and understanding. This is recorded on the technology skills passport which includes peer and teacher assessment of the skills and processes covered.
It is important that the children work in a way that shows their design and technology thinking, and evidence of their ability should appear quite naturally from the way that they tackle a task. As design and technology is heavily reliant on decision making, it must also include the making of value judgements at many stages of the design process. These judgements will help to create an awareness of their own beliefs and can also be tested by their application to project work, thus making the pupils justify and question the values they hold. In this subject there is no 'right answer'. Instead, different solutions to the same problem are suggested, questioned and valued.