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We aim to promote quality learning and capability of Design and Technology by combining designing and making skills alongside knowledge and understanding in order to develop the children’s creative, technical and practical expertise.  Through Design and Technology the children are encouraged to work with tools, equipment, materials and components, in a safe environment, and to produce good quality products.  Recognising that evaluation of the process and products are key to this, they are encouraged to reflect, test and critique ideas in order to build on their existing knowledge and understanding.  In key stage 1 the children follow the National Curriculum programme of study.


The children may be presented with a topic-based problem from which they discuss and think about.  Their task is to design a possible solution that is tested and, if necessary, modified. They are encouraged to continually evaluate their skills and on completion of the task to reflect and make suggestions which could improve either their own, or others' work.  As much of this work is incorporated within the current theme children will develop the skills of reasoning and assessment linked to the design process.


Design, make and evaluate

  • To critique, evaluate and test existing ideas and products
  • To learn and use technical vocabulary
  • To communicate their ideas through talking, drawing and templates
  • To design purposeful functional products based on design criteria
  • To select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks 
  • To evaluate and improve their products
  • To use the past and present as a source of design inspiration
  • To understand the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes
  • To understand where food comes from.

Technical Knowledge

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils will design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others needs, wants and values.

The curriculum will support the acquisition of a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. We will encourage pupils to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative and enterprising.

Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, pupils will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.


In Year R the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework in which they work towards early learning goals in expressive art and design.

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.


Reviewed by Subject Leader - January 2018