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Design and Technology at Cononley Primary School

To see the full Curriculum Statement, please click here.


 We aim to provide a high-quality Design and Technology Curriculum which will inspire and challenge our pupils by:

  • Providing a curriculum which will develop key technical  knowledge and skills
  • Teaching the technical vocabulary to enable pupils to discuss, investigate and evaluate designs
  • Designing and making products for a purpose and user
  • Investigating and evaluating existing products and their own products

What our pupils will learn in Early Years Foundation Stage:

At Cononley Primary School, staff  follow the Early Years curriculum and the achievement of the Early Learning Goals for Expressive Arts and Design ‘Exploring and Using Media and Materials’ and ‘Being Imaginative. To see the EYFS Curriculum, please click here:

EYFS Curriculum: Expressive Arts and Design

How our pupils will be taught in Early Years Foundation Stage:

EYFS pupils are taught in variety of ways through adult-led and supported tasks and child-initiated learning in provision areas. Practitioners will take into account the Characteristics of Effective Learning when they are planning, leading or supporting learning.

Assessment in Early Years Foundation Stage:

Regular observations and assessments of learning are recorded using an on-line journal (Tapestry) and contribute to a summative assessment at the end of EYFS using the Early Years Outcomes for Expressive Arts and Design: ‘Exploring and Using Media and Materials’ and ‘Being Imaginative’.


What our pupils will learn in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2:

 As a school, we have chosen to use a published scheme, Kapow Design and Technology, which uses the content from the D & T Association’s   ‘Projects on a Page’, to teach the Design Technology Curriculum in Key Stage 1 and 2. The Scheme of Work meets the requirements for the National Curriculum for Design and Technology, and enables our teachers to deliver creative, inspiring and engaging lessons. The scheme also provides for progression in skills and knowledge. The curriculum content covers the following areas: 

  • Cooking and Nutrition,
  • Mechanisms,
  • Structures,
  • Textiles,
  • Electrical Systems.

 Four strands of the Design and Technology Curriculum run through each unit (Design, Make, Evaluate and Technical Knowledge) and the fifth strand, Cooking and Nutrition is a standalone unit each year. Where possible, links are made with other curriculum subjects, as these will often lend ‘purpose’ and ‘user’ for the products which pupils will design and make. A rolling programme ensures that all pupils are taught the full entitlement of Design and Technology within our mixed age class structure.

To see the rolling programme of projects, please click here.

How our pupils will be taught the Design and Technology Curriculum:

We teach the Kapow Scheme of Work for Design and Technology for Key Stage 1 and 2  in a block of lessons each term. Teaching Design and Technology in blocks at Key Stage 1 and 2, allows the curriculum to be studied in depth; pupils will have time to complete longer pieces of work over the course of a block rather than in short weekly sessions.

Progression and Assessment in KS1 and KS2


Pupils' learning (knowledge and skills) is assessed during and at the end of the unit, using the assessment materials in the Kapow scheme of work. The assessments contribute to a summative judgement at the end of the year. The Kapow scheme of work includes ‘Knowledge Organisers’ for each unit; these will be used to help pupils to remember what they have learned in previous topics.

To download the progression of knowledge and skills, please click here. 


The impact of the curriculum will be reviewed at the end of the year through observations and assessments of pupils’ learning, reviews of pupils’ work and through pupil discussions about their learning.




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