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Design and Technology is taught through topics in each year group, with some discrete teaching, particularly of skills such as using scissors and cutting safely.

In Nursery and Reception it is taught within the Physical Development, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design Areas of Learning of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. In each class a workshop area is available as part of continuous provision where children develop and practise skills independently. Children use a range of materials and are taught basic techniques such as joining, folding and safe use of simple tools.

In Nursery the continuous provision areas that involve D&T are the workshop area, outdoor provision, brick area, maths area and finger gym activities. The children create their own open-ended products that support their imaginative play such as making castles and rockets out of large blocks and crates outside and junk modelling in the workshop area. Various construction kits are used to develop their problem-solving skills within D&T so they build, evaluate and improve their models.

In Reception the continuous provision areas that involve D&T are the workshop area, construction area, outdoor provision area and finger gym activities. The children have the opportunity to design and make junk models using recyclable materials. They practise cutting activities using paper and card to develop scissor skills. They use different construction kits to create for example, stick houses out of natural materials and farm vehicles. Although children have access to each area independently, challenges are included to ensure key skills are applied.

In Key Stage One we follow the National Curriculum. The strands of learning are:


  • understanding contexts, users and purposes
  • generating, developing, modelling and communicating ideas


  • planning
  • practical skills and techniques


  • own ideas and products
  • existing products

Technical Knowledge

  • making products work

Cooking and Nutrition

  • finding out where food comes from
  • how to prepare simple dishes safely and hygienically
  • how to name and sort foods into the five groups

Most of the learning takes place through topics but some Design and Technology lessons are taught to ensure full curriculum coverage. Children have access to an increasing range of materials and tools. There is a wide range of construction kits available, some of which are used to challenge all abilities.

In Year One the children design healthy fruit salads looking at where the fruit comes from and how to prepare it safely and hygienically. They design and make their own moving characters using sliders, levers and split pins. Paper manipulation techniques and joining techniques are taught by making paper aeroplanes and teddy bears. Cross curricular links include exploring 3D shapes to make Bonfire Night rockets and Rapunzel’s Tower using cones, cylinders and cuboids. The children use a wide variety of construction kits to create their own playground models.

In Year Two the children make healthy pizzas and investigate food products. They have sewing projects such as designing and making t-shirts encouraging people to save the rainforest. They construct 3D shape imaginary models and use construction kits to design and make vehicles to understand how wheels and axles work.

Some products are made across the school for celebrations like Chinese New Year where lanterns are made and we make Easter baskets to hold gifts left by the Easter Bunny! Paper manipulation and joining techniques are often used when creating cards for Christmas and Mother’s Day.

There is also a dedicated D&T area for children to develop their food preparation skills using equipment like peelers, graters and juicers. This includes finding out where food comes from, nutritional information and food safety and hygiene.

We have a baking area where each year group has the opportunity to bake and design their own food products from iced fairy cakes to decorated themed biscuits.

Curriculum - D&T

Evidence of Design and Technology

Cygnets Nursery Reception Year 1 Year 2

Design and Technology Websites for Children

CBeebies Make and Colour


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