Design Technology

Subject Intent

The teaching of?Design and Technology at Woodfield Primary School will ensure that by the time children leave at the end of KS2, they will be able to actively participate in the technological world. Our Design and Technology Curriculum allows children to?design and?make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts based on a well-thought, child-led design brief and specification. Meaningful and purposeful cross-curricular links are made with Art and Design, Maths and Science to support children’s breadth and depth of understanding.? 

Subject Progression

Click to view Design Technology Subject Progression EYFS to Year 6



Through Kapow Primary Design and Technology scheme, pupils respond to design briefs and scenarios that require consideration of the needs of others, developing their skills in 4 main areas:

  • Structures
  • Mechanisms
  • Textiles
  • Cooking & Nutrition

Each of our key areas follows the design process (design, make and evaluate) and has a particular theme and focus from the technical knowledge or cooking and nutrition section of the curriculum. The Kapow Primary scheme is a spiral curriculum, with key areas revisited again and again with increasing complexity, allowing pupils to revisit and build on their previous learning.

Lessons incorporate a range of teaching strategies from independent tasks, paired and groups work including practical hands-on, computer- based and inventive tasks. This variety means that lessons are engaging and appeal to these with a variety of learning styles.


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Home Learning


Phase What are children learning this half term? How can I support my child's learning at home?


Expressive arts and design?? 


Creating with Materials?? 


This half term our nursery children are exploring different materials to be creative and our reception children are working on adding detail.

Design and make a model using junk you find at home like boxes, tubes or plastic bottles. What will you make? What details can you add to make it look like the object you are creating? How will you join it together?

Year 1 

 Structures - Windmill 

Use what you have learnt about structures and windmills and have a go at making your own:  



Can you turn these 2D nets into 3D shapes? Which shape would be best for your windmill?  

Year 2 

Structures – Baby Bear’s Chair 

Can you create strong structures by folding paper? Have a go at these origami chairs 



What 2D shapes could you use to strengthen to joins? 

Year 3 

Structures – Constructing a Castle 

Recap the features of a castle: 


Can you design your own castle labelling the 3D shapes you use and creating the 2D nets you will need to construct them? 


Challenge – can you build your castle out of recycled materials? 

Year 4 

Structures - Pavilions 

Using materials you have at home have a go at the Pavilion challenge: 


Year 5 

Structures - Bridges 

Recap what makes bridges so strong: 


Think like an engineer: Use what you’ve learnt about structures – can you come up with a design that solves a problem? You could re-redesign and existing product. 


Year 6  

Structures - Playgrounds 

Challenge: Design a ‘footprint’ for a new playground. You need a to label shapes, materials and purposes in your design as well as thinking about the aesthetics of your playground to ensure that it appeals to your target audience. 


Use this video as inspiration to make you park design using paper or you could make a scale model using recycled materials you can find at home: 




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