Design and Technology

Design and Technology inspires children through a broad range of practical experiences to create innovative designs which solve real and relevant problems within a variety of different contexts. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

It is also important our children learn where food comes from, its nutrition impact, how food is prepared and cooking skills. These are essential requirements of the Curriculum and both Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 enjoy opportunities where they get to explore different ingredients before baking or preparing food.


At this stage of our children’s academic development they begin to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and joining techniques. They also begin to represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design. They begin to draw correlations between existing products to help influence the products they make in class. For example, in Reception, children were encouraged to talk about a special action figure, teddy or doll from home in order to influence their decisions when making their own soft toy at school.

Soft Puppet

Tools Exploration


Evaluating different materials

Making a shelter