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?


Being Imaginative and Expressive


Can you design your own Easter Egg?


Year 1

 Mechanisms – Making a moving story book


Use these slider ideas to create your own moving pictures at home.

Year 2

Mechanisms – Fairground wheel


Watch these clips: can you design something for your city that uses wheels and axels like Bob the Builder? Or can you design something to help someone solve a problem like Squeaks?

Year 3

Mechanisms – Pneumatic Toy


Use what you’ve learned about pneumatic toys to complete this quiz!

Year 4

Mechanisms –Making a slingshot toy


What can you find in your house that has the least air resistance? What would you use to make the fastest car?

Year 5

Mechanisms – Pop up book


Have a go at this quiz! What can you remember about spacers?

Year 6

Mechanisms – Automata toys


Design an automata for a shop window display. Can you write some instructions for how to make it?



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