Ashley C of E Primary School

Design & Technology


At Ashley, Design Technology aims to encourage children to engage in the development of a rapidly changing world. By combining practical skills with creative thinking, children are encouraged to evaluate existing products, develop their ideas – individually or as part of a collaborative process – and design a product or system of their own.  Drawing on a variety of core subjects (such as English, Maths and ICT), Design Technology encourages children to be creative problem-solvers, innovators and to develop an understanding of aesthetic, environmental and social issues. 

Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality Design Technology education make an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation. 

At Ashley, children develop practical skills in Design Technology by working with a variety of materials such as wood, clay, textiles and learning how to prepare food, cooking safely and hygienically. They will acquire knowledge of materials, mechanisms and structures and apply this knowledge and develop skills in designing, making and evaluating their work. We place strong focus on sustainability in our DT work. 


Design Technology is an integral part of our learning enquiries and is planned in each year group to develop breadth and depth in the progression of Design Technology skills. Children design products with a purpose in mind and an intended user of the products: for examplea sustainable solar/wind powered vehicle for an explorer 

Early Years Foundation Stage 

During EYFS, pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. 

Throughout the year, children make vehicles with construction kitsfold, tear and cut paper; roll paper; cut along lines; curl paper; hole punch; investigate ways of joining things; learn to work safely and hygienically and develop food vocabulary.  

Children have daily access to a ‘Construction Area’ within the classroom: some activities are more adult-led than others, depending on the learning focus. Outside, Reception children manipulate large construction blocks and bricks, build with giant Meccano and / or Lego and other manipulables. 

Key Stage 1 

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making. Pupils follow the Design, Make and Evaluate cycle where they study mechanics, structures, textiles and food technology. Each project is integrated into our Learning Enquiries: pupils in Year 2 for example, design and make puppets, using them in a play which they have written, as part of their learning about traditional tales. 

Key Stage 2 

Within Key Stage 2, children are taught about events and individuals that have influenced the world of Design Technology. They will design, make and evaluate within cross curricular topics and use a variety of materials and mechanisms to enable them to explore mechanics, structures, textiles and food technology. Projects at KS2 consolidate and develop skills learned and are closely linked to Learning Enquiries: Year 4 pupils use their knowledge of pneumatics to create alien monsters within the context of learning about the cycles of the solar system. 

Food Technology  

At Ashley, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. We are constantly reviewing how we can growproduce and use food on our school site, which supports our drive to be sustainable. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables the children to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life. The lessons the children experience also provide them with important hygiene and safety skills to further prepare them for adult life.   


Our Design Technology Curriculum is high quality, well-thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression in skills within our Learning Enquiries. At Ashley, our children are expert designers, constructors and mechanics who enjoy exploring a range of design and make topics. They are able to consider the moral, social and cultural aspects of their studies in Design Technology: our children will be thoughtful problem-solvers; resourceful, adaptable innovators and responsible citizens. 

Curriculum map and progression documents

Curriculum Map Progression of Skills Inspiring Individuals