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Westrop Primary & Nursery

Design & Technology

 What are we trying to achieve through our DT curriculum? (Intent)

 At Westrop Primary and Nursery School all we do is underpinned by our strong vision and values. Our vision and values support our ‘Curriculum Drivers’ which offer golden threads throughout our curriculum and ensure we have clear drivers for all that we want to achieve for our children.

In DT, it is our intent to promote the confidence and determination in each pupil as creative designers. We encourage our pupils to be independent thinkers and creative problem solvers both as individuals and when working as part of a team. We celebrate and share our successes and encourage every pupil to make their own decisions by testing their choices and evaluating their products. This process allows our pupils to develop their confidence in their ideas and allows them to reach their final product
In DT, it is our intent for our pupils to blossom with creativity through engaging practical activities. We encourage our pupils to take the lead from the start, test and revise their ideas as well as reflecting on the outcome of their product. Children are given opportunities to work alongside their peers and are given sufficient guidance and support when needed.
In DT, it is our intent to provide our pupils with the opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills through exploring existing products. The children’s curiosity and critical thinking skills should allow them to challenge conventional thinking to creatively solve problems and come up with out of the box innovations.
In DT, it is our intent that our pupils develop the awareness of the daily roles and responsibilities of those who contribute and build up our society such as engineers, designers, chefs, and architects. We hope that the positive impact these role models have on our community, combined with the skills learned in DT, that our pupils are inspired to help build up their local community.
In DT, it is our intention to develop both the social skills and teamwork abilities of our pupils. Throughout DT children should develop their ability to confidently appraise and discuss this appraisal with their peers and teachers. The opportunity to discuss their thoughts and ideas freely creates a safe environment in which all members of the classroom are listened to without judgement and are valued for their contribution.

 How is the DT Curriculum delivered? (Implementation)


  • DT is taught across each year group, from EYFS to Year 6 and is a foundation subject that is generally taught in terms one, three and five to accommodate art being taught in terms two, four and six. However, terms may be swapped to fit topics and to suit the needs of the children.
  • The DT curriculum is delivered in small steps and technical skills are revisited along with new knowledge.
  • The teaching of DT in key stage 1 and key stage 2 is taught across a two-year cycle. DT units from each key stage are taught with links to class topics. Teachers follow a clear progression of skills with an enquiry-based approach to teaching and learning.
  • All DT units provide a emphasise on enquiry-based learning so that our children are challenged and can reach their full potential. Support is there to further develop the children’s thinking and learning. However, self-exploration is one of our guiding principles. Recording is differentiated through each year group and tailored as appropriate for our children.
  • DT is taught in connection with History or Science led topics e.g. the children may learn about light and how shadows are formed whilst also designing and creating their own light puppet theatre. Other subjects may be utilised when appropriate.
  • First-hand experiences are crucial to all DT lessons with an empathise on learning through doing and reflecting.
  • Work is presented from years 1 to 6 in Topic books and in EYFS through tapestry. Designs are presented in a variety of ways in key stage 1 including: labelled drawings, ICT, templates, and mock-ups. In key stage 2, designs are shown through labelled diagrams, annotated sketches, exploded diagrams, pattern pieces and ICT software.
  • When designing and making, pupils will engage with the process of research, design, make and evaluate. They are taught a wide range of technical skills including developing planning and communication; working with tools, equipment and components to make quality products (including food) and evaluating processes and products.
  • Each DT topic taught in school focuses on one or several designers or engineers. As such, each topic focuses on a specialist who is researched during the topic. To ensure that all children within school have access to a range of different experiences, specialists for topics are not set but chosen based on the suitability of their product in line with the desired outcomes.
  • In EYFS, our children develop the fundamental skills in DT which prepares them for future learning. DT is explored around the theme of ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ through Exploring and using media and materials’ and ‘Being imaginative.’

 What difference is the DT Curriculum making? (Impact)

  •  Confidence in DT will enable children to become competent in essential life skills such as problem solving, logical thinking and evaluation.
  • Children will develop strong communication skills and will listen respectfully and with tolerance to the views of others.
  • Pupils will develop curiosity and the ability to question of how and why things work.
  • Pupils will confidently explain how their previous learning has supported the development of their current work.
  • Pupils will be able to explore and evaluate designs and use critical thinking skills to develop enhancements.
  • Pupils will competently use and know the meaning of agreed vocabulary correctly when talking and writing about DT.
  • Pupils will demonstrate emotional resilience and the ability to persevere when they encounter a challenge.
  • Pupils will develop self-awareness and become confident in their own ability.
  • Pupils will apply and develop their creative skills and be given a range of opportunities to express themselves creatively.
  • Pupils will extend their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials, including construction kits, textiles, food, wood, plastic, and reclaimed/junk materials.
  • Pupils will learn about health and safety aspects when working with a variety of materials and tools.
  • Pupils will consider risk to themselves and to others and build up a knowledge and understanding of the dangers inherent to certain products and tools.
  • Pupils will experience design technology through off-site visits, where practicable, to see technology in a real environment.
  • Pupils will develop their bank of technical vocabulary used with design and technology.


How can I support my child in DT?

 Get creative and hands-on

 Look up fun, practical DT projects you can do at home using everyday objects. Here are a few ideas to try:

 Design and make models EYFS

Explain to your child that they are going to build a house using boxes and other materials. First though, they need to design the house. Explain that before a house can be built, an architect must draw what is to be built. They are to be architects! Let them draw the house then build their design. (If they’re using cereal boxes, turn them inside out if they want to paint them, that way the paint will stick.) Afterwards ask them what they like or dislike about the result.

 Design and make a moneybox EYFS and KS1

You’ll need a box or can which you can make a slot in at the top for the money to go in. Together, decide how to create a flap through which the money box can be opened. Your child can then choose from paints, collage materials, pastels, etc. to decorate their money box.

 Cook granola yoghurt pots KS1

Choose a recipe to use – there are lots online. Prior to cooking discuss what your child needs to do (tie long hair back, wash hands, put on an apron). Then talk about what you’re going to make, explaining why it's a healthy choice for breakfast or dessert. Look through the recipe together, modelling the reading carefully for your child before you follow each instruction. Afterwards discuss what cooking skills they’ve used (stirring, squishing, breaking, greasing, etc.). Eat, enjoy and discuss what has worked or not in the recipe, or what changes you might make to personalise it for your family.

Design and make an egg cosy KS2

Help your child choose a piece of fabric, then cut out two semi-oval shapes (two different fabrics can work nicely). They’ll need to use an egg to help them measure their fabric shapes, then sew them together, leaving a hole at the bottom where the egg goes.

Design and make a boat KS2

Select and look at pictures of boats. Search the internet together; look at different designs for various purposes. Encourage your child to look at the materials that are used for building boats, any pulley systems and sails. Ask them to design a boat for a specific purpose (travelling, fishing, exploring), thinking carefully about the materials they would use, the way the boat would travel and how many people would be able to travel in it.

Make it personal

 Find out about famous engineers and designers of the past and the present. You may even want to find out about the craziest designs and inventions around.

 Cook up a storm in the kitchen!

 Here are some useful links for some enjoyable cooking experiences:

 Cbebbies – I Can Cook


 CBBC – Dish Up