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Design Technology – Westhaven School

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In September 2022, we started a trial of a new scheme of work from Plan Bee. This scheme of work has clear progression of skills across 6 mains areas:

  • Cooking and Nutrition
  • Stable Structures
  • Programming and Electrical Systems
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Textiles
  • Inventions and Achievements

Curriculum Intent

It is the intent of Newton Primary School for Design Technology to be taught in all year groups through at least one topic per term, which includes one topic relating to food in each of KS1, LKS2 and UKS2. Design Technology projects are cross curricular - linking to other subjects taught – where appropriate.

Key objectives of intent within the Design Technology Curriculum based on the National Curriculum 2014 guidance:

  • Products are to be made for a purpose.
  • Individuality should be ensured in children’s design and construction of products.
  • Delivery of the two strands: Designing and Making and Cooking and Nutrition.
  • More emphasis to be given on creating ‘innovative’ products in KS2.
  • Teaching the importance of making on-going changes and improvements during making stages.
  • Looking into seasonality of ingredients and how they are grown, caught or reared.
  • The introduction of computing and coding of products in KS2.
  • Researching key events and individual designers in the History of Technology in KS2.


The national curriculum for Design and Technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise need 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.

Design Technology Skills Progression Documents

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