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Design Technology

Design Technology at All Saints


Through our teaching of Design Technology here at All Saints, we intend for all pupils to fulfil their potential and meet the national curriculum aims of:

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • 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
  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.



The children are taught a range of designing and making skills progressively throughout each key stage. All projects are planned using an investigative approach so that Design Technology activities are relevant and purposeful. Projects are agreed in all year groups to ensure robust curriculum coverage and developed through planned themes.

Design Technology is identified on an annual subject overview for each year group, which describes the balance of subjects taught throughout the year.

Skills matrices are used as a basis for planning so that pupils can gain age appropriate skills. By the end of KS2 children will be knowledgeable and skilled in:

  • Mechanisms
  • Structures
  • Products and applications
  • Quality
  • Health and Safety
  • Vocabulary
  • Materials and components
  • Control

Health and Safety

Children will be taught appropriate methods of handling and using tools, equipment and materials safely, considering the hazards and risks in their activities and following simple instructions to control risk to themselves.


Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.

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

Progression in Designing and Making Skills

Design Technology National Curriculum



  • design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology
  • select from and use Design and technology
    • select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately
    • select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities
  • use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design.

Mechanisms and control Skill Progression

Different ways construction toys fit together

Pneumatics – use of balloons and air to make monsters mouth move

Year 1

Hinges and sliders.

Simple sliding mechanisms or levers from card and paper clips

Using hole punch

Stiffening paper with pipe cleaners

Year 2

Wheels and axles

Axle holders: pegs, punched holes, drinking straws, elastic bands round base

Use appropriate amounts of tape

Secure cotton reels on axles with tubing

Year 3

Different shaped cams/pulleys/cogs

Secure dowelling through cam

Safe use of saws

Size of drum for winder

Year 4



Measuring accurately, cutting, folding, scoring

Year 5

Use of bench hook, drill holes

Secure structures to hold weight

Accuracy in measuring

Year 6

Switches, motors computer controls, gears, pulleys

Varying speeds

Transference of movement


Skill Progression



Construction sets

Year 2

Axles, handles

Year 3

Strengthening, construct cubes/cuboids, nets, scoring, stiffening card: rolling folding layering, joining: gluing, paper clips, tape

Year 4

Fabric properties, fastenings, reinforcing, fastening stitching, seam allowance, decorative stitching

Year 5

How materials can be combined and mixed in order to create more useful properties, joining wood in different ways, wood frames

Year 6

Strengthening, reinforcing

Deciding on best materials

Strength of structures

Reinforcing square frame using triangles

Textures for water resistance

Joining materials e.g. plastic, paper straws

Strengthening frame using textiles cover

Materials and Components Skill Progression
Year 2/3

Basic sewing techniques e.g. starting ending, running

Use of template to cut 2 identical pieces

Adding features

Year 4

Running, back, starting, finishing, weaving, knitting

Joining methods to make strongest seam

Design paper pattern from model

Fabric properties e.g. woven, bonded, knitting, fraying, stretchy, weaving

Decorative techniques: dyeing, embroidery, appliqué, fabric paints

Stiffening using vylene, thin card

Year 5/6

Designing pattern with seam allowance

Pinning pattern for minimal wastage

Stitching right sides together

Techniques for adding colour

and texture e.g. embroidery, appliqué, sequins


Materials and Components Skill Progression

Food hygiene

Equipment, cutting, slicing

Discuss favourites

Year 1

Food hygiene

Hand tools e.g. washing, grating, peeling, slicing, grating

Discuss favourites and dislikes

Year 2

Food hygiene

Personal hygiene

Chopping, cutting etc

Design, make and evaluate

Healthy diet

Year 3

Personal hygiene

High risk foods and need for fridge

Function of each ingredient e.g spread to hold bread together

Slicing, cutting

Food changes under different preparation e.g heating

Year 4

Personal hygiene

Ratios of each ingredient and effects of taste

Slicing, cutting, chopping, grating etc

Year 5/6

Different ingredients and effects e.g different flours, types of yeast, shapes, finishes, cooking: boiling, baking, grilling, frying

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