Design & Technology Policy.pdf

Design & Technology Progression.pdf

‘’Knowing is NOT the most important thing. To be able to FIND OUT is more important than knowing.’’

Sugata Mitra

Early Years Foundation Stage

During the EYFS pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have the opportunities to learn to:

  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas
  • Use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about form, function and purpose
  • Make plans and construct with a purpose in mind using a variety of resources
  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques appropriately, effectively and safely
  • Select appropriate resources for a product and adapt their work where necessary
  • Cook and prepare food adhering to good health and hygiene routines

National Curriculum requirements at Key Stage 1

When designing and making, pupils should be taught to: Design design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteriagenerate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology Make select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks, (or example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing)select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics Evaluate explore and evaluate a range of existing productsevaluate their ideas and products against design criteria Technical knowledge build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable

explore and use mechanisms, (for example levers, sliders, wheels and axles), in their products

explore and use textiles and understand how items can be made

National Curriculum requirements for food and Nutrition at KS1

As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. 

Pupils should be taught to:

• use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes 

• understand where food comes from. 


Please find below a list of useful websites for DT.

Worth remembering that DT is about the design process as much as the making, so whilst it may be tricky during home learning to access the necessary resources to make they can still complete aspects of design.

They have made a selection of suitable topics free for home and distance learning.

Again lots of recipes but also a ‘learn’ section. This also links to his channel 4 programme ‘Jamie: Keep cooking and Carry on.’ This may be a nice way to involve all the family.

Lots of ideas on here for mechanisms, some are charged (£2.50 each) but he also has a blog and you can probably use the images to create a project without having to pay for instructions. He’s also on Instagram with detailed plans.

There’s a great section on here for learning – with project ideas linking science and DT. You are also able to explore the museum and some collections link well to DT

Loads on here – projects, home learning activities, teaching points.