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Three of the Early Learning Goals link most closely to the Design and Technology National Curriculum:

Physical Development (Moving and Handling) - Children safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.


Expressive Arts and Design (Exploring and Using Media and Materials) - Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.


Expressive Arts and Design (Being Imaginative) - Children handle equipment and tools effectively.


In KS1 and KS2 Design Technology is a discrete, practical subject. Our projects will link to the half-termly Topic. Using creativity and imagination, pupils learn and develop technical skills to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts.  They explore existing examples and when designing, they consider their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Creations might be alone, in a pair or in a group.  Usually, they will be completed in one “D.T. day”.

D.T. involves Design, Making and Evaluating.  This process is iterative – that means that our children adapt their design throughout the “build”.  They continually evaluate if their design, tools or equipment need changing, although the written evaluation will be at the end of each “build”.  Food & Nutrition and Textiles are part of the D.T. curriculum.

Designs, photos and evaluations are kept in each child’s own D.T. folder. Therefore at the end of Year 6, there may be 7 years of creations evidenced in their folder.


Please look at the two attached documents:

  • our Topic Overview explains which project each year group will develop each half-term
  • our Progression of Skills identifies when different National Curriculum objectives and skills are introduced.


Please also enjoy photos of a few of our DT creations:

  • Cooking spaghetti bolognaise
  • Wands
  • Stone Age fruit salad
  • Stone Age weapons
  • Finger puppets
  • Shadow puppets and theatres
  • Shelters to protect lego mini figures
  • Year R