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Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, design and technology forms part of the learning children acquire under the ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World' branch of the Foundation Stage curriculum. The  children will learn through first-hand experiences. They will be encouraged to explore, observe, solve problems, think critically, make decisions and to talk about why they have made their decisions.The making skills appropriate to the pupils are approached and applied in many areas of the Early Years curriculum.  In Reception pupils will be given the opportunity to build and construct with a wide range of objects, selecting appropriate resources and adapting their work where necessary. The pupils will be encouraged to select the tools and techniques they need to shape, assemble and join the materials they are using.




Key Stage 2

Design and Technology will be delivered through the provision of planned progressive series of units of work alongside the activities and skills undertaken in Art and Design taking place in the classroom.  Within Design and Technology areas covered will include, malleable materials, textiles, food , structures and mechanisms. All pupils will be taught the P.O.S. for K.S.2 for Technology or Art or selected material from other Key Stages where it is necessary to enable individual pupils to progress and demonstrate achievement. Wherever possible, first-hand experience are provided through relevant visits and experiences relevant to the units of work.



Key Stage Art & Design Scheme of Work












All about me




Observational drawing


My Local Area



Tribal, ceremony and ritual



The Seaside

(inc the Victorians)

Observational drawing








Realism and abstract art, Kandinsky and Peter Thorpe.

Exploring line, shape, colour.

Telling stories with pictures.



Britain since the 1920’s

Looking at 1960s/1970s fashion.

Describing patterns, printing and designing patterns. 

Using recycled materials to create a piece of clothing. 


Water World

Marbelling, creating textures and movement.

Japanese Art 

Designing a boat out of suitable materials; canal boat designs, iconic ships 'titanic'.


Year 3






Observational drawing

Invasions (The Romans)

Observational drawing



Mark making



Out in the Country

Making sketchbooks



Digital Media






Rise of the Robots







Food and where it comes from

Eric Carle ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’


Pop Art




Repeating patterns






Key Stage 3 and 4 

Within Key Stage 3  the focus moves more towards the Design Process, with specific briefs being set, specifications broadened, designs produced and modified, models manufactured to test processes and suitability of design, and manufacture in various mediums. Then evaluation will be undertaken.

The curriculum within Key Stage 3 will include – Health and Safety, design briefs, research, ideas boards, design and final design,  practical manufacture, laser cutting, evaluation, modelling, applications of wood,levers and linkages, use of tools, food, hygiene, use of  liquid metal, moulding, use of acrylic and polypropylene.

Year 9 will begin work on the BTEC Home Cooking course and WJEC Pathways Entry Level Design Technology course which will then continue into Key Stage 4.

The WJEC Pathways Entry Level course specifically focuses on Health & Safety, Designing & modelling , Making a product and Planning.

The BTEC Home Cooking course specifically focuses on teaching pupils how to cook homemade, economical, well balanced meals.

Some pupils will follow the WJEC Pathways Entry Level in Basic food preparation, Food & Health, Basic cooking and Health, safety & hygiene.

Food Technology is an important area for our pupils to develop independent living skills. Throughout their time in 6th form all pupils experience cooking for others.  Pupils will select suitable recipes, go shopping for ingredients and then come back to school to preparing and cook their chosen meal for the rest of the group.  They also learn the importance of hygiene and undertake important life skills including organising the kitchen (washing up, setting the table etc.), learning suitable social skills and manners.

KS5 undertake a variety of other Technology specialisms - from ceramics, graphics, designing these are delivered through a cross- curricular capacity.  This is also supported with their links to college.


Design Tech