Newick Church of England Primary School

'Life in all its fullness' John 10:10

Design and Technology

Curriculum Aims

Wisdom – our children build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.

Independence – Our children develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.

Creativity - Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.

Kindness – 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.


Progression Documents

DT Skills Progression Map 2021-2022DT Curriculum Progression Map 2021-2022

 At Newick, we use  resources from the DT Association to inform and guide our DT teaching. This provides high quality planning and resources, enabling teachers to deliver DT lessons at an excellent standard, whilst ensuring a clear progression of skills and knowledge in the subject.

Early Years

Children begin in Early Years learning how to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, whilst also representing their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology.


In KS1 these skills are developed further through beginning to create simple designs for products to fit specific criteria, selecting the most appropriate tools for the task, evaluating and assessing existing products alongside their own. The KS1 children also learn about balanced diets and develop their skills cutting, peeling, grating and preparing fruits and vegetables. 


In KS2 the children use their prior learning in KS1 to begin to produce more complex, step by step design plans demonstrating that they can apply their knowledge of different materials, tools and techniques. In upper KS2 this culminates in using computers to aid the design process. The children begin to consider how they could improve their work, how suitable their products are for the intended user and draw influence from key figures in the field of design and technology. Children begin to use electrical systems in their designs and in upper KS2 can apply their understanding of computer programmes to monitor and control products.  

By the end of KS2 progression moves on from understanding a healthy diet to applying knowledge of celebrating different cultures in cooking and the seasonality of ingredients. Alongside this our children develop practical cooking skills including tasting, measuring, preparing and presenting complex recipes. 


To find out more about the DT Association please click on the below link:

DT Association


A Casefile: Y1's DT Project to Design and Make a Puppet for an Entertaining Puppet Show to Otters



A Casefile: Y4's DT Project to Design and Make a Suitable and Attractive Biscuit Box for the Dementia Café

 A glimpse at the fantastic DT that our Early Years children have been undertaking!