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 a product’s purpose and the End User. For example, in Reception, children were encouraged to talk about what they would need if going on a bear hunt. They were able to determine you would need binoculars when going on a bear hunt and they used junk modelling to create these products.

In KS1

The DT cornerstone projects are linked to their connected curriculum topics so that our KS1 children can design purposeful, functioning and appealing products for themselves or others. They are supported to make their designs using a range of tools, equipment, materials and components. They are also encouraged to communicate their ideas and evaluate their finished product. We encourage children to use the iterative approach to develop their resilience, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Useful websites

Click to access PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Design_and_technology.pdf

Books linked to Design and Technology

Building site
Bridges, Towers & Tunnels
100 Things to know about Inventions
Farmers’ Market
Wheels & Axles