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Eastbury Community School

Design & Technology



At Eastbury Community School, we value Design and Technology as an important part of our broad and balanced curriculum. A high-quality Design and Technology curriculum should inspire, engage and challenge children to communicate what they see, feel and think. The curriculum is designed to address the six Design and Technology principles:


Pupils should have a clear idea of who they are designing for.


Pupils should be able to clearly communicate the purpose of the products they are designing and making.


Pupils should design and make products that function effectively.

Design Decisions

Pupils need opportunities to make their own design decisions, in order to allow children to demonstrate their creative, technical and practical expertise.


When designing and making, pupils need some flexibility to be original with their thinking.


Pupils should make products that are believable and meaningful to themselves and others.


Our curriculum ensures that children have the knowledge and skills to be able to explore, discuss and produce pieces of work that they are proud of.

Our pupils are given the opportunities to acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of components, mechanisms, control systems and building structures and a range of materials including food. The curriculum is designed to help pupils to apply knowledge from other subjects such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to create cross-curricular projects.

Inspirational individuals from a range of STEM occupations, from all backgrounds and cultures, are studied and celebrated so that our pupils see role models that reflect our diverse and inclusive community.  

All Pupils in our school, from EYFS to year 6, are given enrichment opportunities to design, make, produce and sell a product during our Enterprise Week in the Autumn term. Children are encouraged to develop their own creativity and imagination.


The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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.



At ECS Primary, we are guided by the National Curriculum for D&T (2014). The National Curriculum for D&T aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • Cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.
  • Think imaginatively and talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making.
  • Talk about how things work.
  • Draw and model their ideas.
  • Select appropriate tools and techniques for making a product, whilst following safe procedures.
  • Develop specific skills (designing, making and evaluating), knowledge and understanding.
  • Develop the ability to appreciate and critically appraise aesthetic and functional qualities of products and their own and others work.
  • Be aware of health and safety in D&T and the wider world.
  • Take enjoyment, satisfaction and purpose in designing and making things.
  • Evaluate the success of their design and to consider ways of improving it.


Design & Technology (D&T) prepares children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. The subject encourages children to identify needs and opportunities and then respond by developing ideas and eventually making products and systems. Through the study of D&T children combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues. This allows them to reflect upon and evaluate present and past D&T, its uses and its impacts. D&T helps all children become discriminating and informed consumers and potential innovators.

At ECS we aim to provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable D&T curriculum to all children. 

How is the curriculum sequenced?

At Eastbury, our Design and Technology Curriculum is sequenced from the National Curriculum. It is broken down into smaller steps to focus on the key skills for a unit of work. Each year group will complete three DT units over the year:

  • Cooking (healthy eating)
  • Designing, making and evaluating
  • Models

How are you building on prior knowledge and skills?

The Design and Technology Curriculum is mapped out carefully to help develop children’s knowledge and skills throughout their journey at Eastbury. Skills are heightened by recapping and repeating each key unit of DT in more detail. Revisiting key skills help children build on their prior knowledge and develop the different skills they have previously used at ECS.  

How are we implementing the recovery curriculum?

Following the school closures due to Covid-19, our priority is for children to feel safe and secure as they return to school. Our recovery curriculum focuses on looking at key concepts from the National Curriculum. From this, the Design and Technology Curriculum has been carefully sequenced to ensure we focus on any key skills that have been missed to close gaps in our children’s learning.  

Long Term Planning 

DT Overview

DT Skill Progression 

DT Progression of Skills

Medium Term Planning 

DT MTP Autumn

DT MTP Spring

DT MTP Summer

DT Knowledge Organisers Autumn Term

Y1 Fruit Salad

Y2 Pizza

Y3 Bell Beakers

Y4 Honey Shortbread

Y5 Jewellery

Y6 Pop up Books

DT Knowledge Organisers Spring Term

Y1 Toy Car

Y2 Moving Cart

Y3 Tea lights

Y4 Lighthouse

Y5 Sushi

Y6 Light boxes

DT Knowledge Organisers Summer Term

Y1 Sunglasses

Y2 Space suit

Y3 Bread

Y4 Stop Motion Animation

Y5 Water Propulsion Rockets

Y6 Healthy Burgers

Design and Technology Policy

DT Policy Feb 2024