DT Curriculum Leader: Mrs Corlett

Response to Covid-19

Due to the 2021 national lockdown, we are now teaching DT lessons remotely although these will only be delivered during the second half term due to Art being taught during the first half term.

Due to the current lock-down, the long term plan will change slightly but all year groups will continue to work on the skills of explore, research, practice of skills (if possible) and designing, ready to make and evaluate once back in school.

Teachers will adapt the task or activity set each week so that this can be carried out easily at home.



The intent of the DT Curriculum at Hindsford is to provide plenty of opportunities for the children to learn, apply and strengthen essential skills required in the designing, making and evaluating of an effective product for a given purpose.

It is also the intent of the DT Curriculum to ensure that the children are well-equipped with useful technical knowledge to support them in the design and making of their product. For example: Learning how to strengthen a structure to make it more stable, learning how to use mechanisms or electrical systems in their designs and learning how to use computer programming to control a product.

In addition, the school aims to develop the children’s use and understanding of technical vocabulary associated with this subject. This is so that the children can articulate the skills that they have applied, the equipment that they have used and describe the material/s and features of the product that they have made.


In Early Years, the children develop essential basic skills in design and technology which prepares them for their transition into Year 1. This is by the teacher creating many opportunities for the children to carry out D&T related activities across all areas of learning.

By the end of Early Years, it is expected that the children will be able to:

  • Construct with a purpose in mind.

  • Use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately.

  • Build and construct with a wide range of objects, selecting appropriate resources and adapting their work when necessary.

  • Select the tools and techniques they need to shape, assemble and join materials they are using.

From Year 1 upwards, the children will engage in three DT units a year which will involve the children exploring, researching, designing, making, technical knowledge/skills and evaluating.


The children will explore products linked to their project. They will do this by:

  • Taking the product apart and looking at the material/s used to make it.

  • Looking at the different features of the product.

  • Establishing how the product is constructed.

  • Questioning how effective it is in its purpose.

  • Discussing what could be done to improve this product.

  • Producing a list of key vocabulary linked to this product.


The children will carry out research regarding the product that they are going to make so that they can use this research to support the design of their product.


The children engage in a practical activity of practising technical knowledge or skill that they will be required to use when making their product. This may be a new skill or a sill previously practised but that required more practise.


The children will draw/sketch their design and annotate this with information about their design such as, what features they have included in their design.

During this lesson the children will also answer questions such as:

  • What materials will I need?

  • What tools will I need?

  • What technical skills will I need to practise before making the product? (Some of these may  have been previously taught skills which need refreshing or be completely new)


The children make their product.


The children will not only evaluate the effectiveness of their product but also the skills that they applied. This will be  recorded both individually in their DT book and collectively in the Class DT Diary.

 Below is:

A copy of the Long-Term DT Plan.

The units that the children complete in each year group have been carefully selected so that all National Curriculum Expectations are met by the end of KS1 & KS2 in the key areas of: Design, Make, Evaluate & Technical Knowledge and Cooking & Nutrition.

A copy of the progression in process skills from Early Years to Year 6.

A copy of the progression in technical knowledge & skills from Early Years to Year 6.

A copy of the DT National Curriculum.

To ensure that:

  • The children remember the long-term content.

  • The children understand that they are systematically learning.

  • The children can integrate new knowledge into larger concepts.

Each class has a DT Class Diary which, at the start of each DT lesson, the children will consult so that they can recap on prior learning, skills and use of vocabulary. If however, it is the first lesson in the unit, time will be spent looking back at all of the DT units completed overtime. This is so that the children can see if there are any previous skills or learning that could be transferred to this new unit.

The children will also have individual books to use as a reminder of the work that they have completed previously.


The intended impact of the DT Curriculum is that the majority of children in each year group are working at or above the expected level for their age. (At the end of each unit, the teacher will carry out assessment linked to both progression in skills documents)

In addition, it is the intended impact that the children:

  • are inspired by the DT Curriculum and want to learn more.

  • show the progression in their skills, knowledge and understanding in the work in their books.

  • can discuss their learning and remember what they have learnt.

  • can identify some key designers and talk about the impact that their work has had on the world.

DT Gallery

Year 6

Autumn 2020: Healthy Bolognese

Year 6 researched existing bolognese recipes, looked at healthier alternatives, practiced their chopping and dicing skills and independently cooked their own bolgnese recipe.

Summer 2019: Beef Burgers

Year 5

Autumn 2020: Building Bridge Prototypes

Year 5 designed and built a bridge prototype to fit a given design criteria. They had to look at different ways to strengthen their bridge and how to attach the different pieces together to make a strong, sturdy prototype.

Summer 2019: Creating a pillow focusing on stitching

Year 4

Autumn 2020

Year 4 have completed a unit of mechanisms and have used different mechanisms to create a moving picture book.

Summer 2019

Year 3

Autumn 2020

After extensive research into current sandwiches available on the market, Year 3 have used the skills of cutting, grating, peeling and slicing to create a healthy sandwich of their own.

Summer 2019

Year 2

Autumn 2020

Year 2 used axles and wheels to create their own fire engines. They had to use a saw to cut the axles to the correct size.

Summer 2019

Year 1

Autumn 2020

Year 1 have completed a unit on houses. Part of their unit was to research the different types of existing homes and then build their own using paper and cut and fold flaps for the windows and doors.

Summer 2019


Work Gallery

Pupil Voice:

In a recent pupil voice session, the children showed that they enjoy Design and Technology which can be seen by some of their comments below.

“We make interesting products.”

“We are trusted to use a saw or hammer safely.”

“We got to make burgers and sauces in Year 6. I enjoyed cooking on the barbeque.”

“I liked making hand puppets in Year 2, I was pleased with my sewing skills.”

“I enjoyed stitching.”

“We enjoyed designing our moving monsters and using the syringes and balloon to make it move.”

“I liked decorating my fire engine and putting the wheels on it.”

When asked what could the school to further enhance DT, here are some of their responses:

“We would like to make clothes from different materials.”

“We would like to have a Design and Technology Day.”

“I would like a DT aferschool club.”

Staff Training:

(In order from most recent)

September 2019: Autumn Corsortium DT Training – Itent, Implementation & Impact / What is a Deep Dive?

July 2019: Summer Consortium DT Practical Skills Workshop at Fred Longworth High School

May 2019: Spring Consortium DT Meeting – Sharing Good Practice

January 2019: DT Staff Meeting – Following a 6 Week Block Unit

December 2018: Autumn Consortium Training – DT Moderation

September 2018: INSET Training – Curriculum Leadership – Completing a Subject Audit & Action Planning

Stay Safe