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Design and Technology at Cononley Primary School

To see the full Curriculum Statement, please click here.


What our pupils will learn:

 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. 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. To see the EYFS Curriculum, please click here:

EYFS Curriculum: Expressive Arts and Design


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

As a school, we have chosen to use a published scheme, ‘Projects on a Page’ published by the D&T Association, to teach the Design Technology Curriculum in Key Stage 1 and 2. The Scheme of Work enables our teachers to deliver creative, inspiring and engaging lessons and provides for progression in skills and knowledge. We are confident that the scheme of work meets the requirements for the National Curriculum for Design and Technology. Where possible, links will be made with other curriculum subjects, as these will often lend ‘purpose’ and ‘user’ for the products which pupils will design and make. 

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

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

The Projects on a Page Scheme of Work for Design and Technology  is taught in a block of lessons. 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. A rolling programme ensures that all pupils are taught the full entitlement of Design and Technology within our mixed age class structure.


Progression and Assessment


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’.

KS1 and KS2

Pupils' learning is assessed during and at the end of the unit, using the Projects on a Page scheme. The assessments contribute to a summative judgement at the end of the year.


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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