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At Dagnall we use the Kapow Primary’s Design and technology scheme of work which intends to inspire pupils to be innovative and creative thinkers who have an appreciation for the product design cycle through ideation, creation, and evaluation. We want pupils to develop the confidence to take risks, through drafting design concepts, modelling, and testing and to be reflective learners who evaluate their work and the work of others.

Through our scheme of work, we aim to build an awareness of the impact of design and technology on our lives and encourage pupils to become resourceful,  enterprising citizens who will have the skills to contribute to future design advancements.

Our Design and technology scheme of work enables pupils to meet the end of key stage attainment targets.



The Design and technology National curriculum outlines the three main stages of the design process: design, make and evaluate.

The National curriculum organises the Design and technology attainment targets under four subheadings:

● Design

● Make

● Evaluate

● Technical knowledge

Cooking and nutrition* has a separate section, with a focus on specific principles, skills and techniques in food, including where food comes from, diet and seasonality.

Our Kapow Primary’s Design and technology scheme has a clear progression of skills and knowledge within these strands and key areas across each year group.

Our National curriculum overview shows which of our units cover each of the National curriculum attainment targets as well as each of the four strands.

Our Progression of skills shows the skills and knowledge that are taught within each year group and how these skills develop to ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the end of each key stage.

Through Kapow Primary’s Design and technology scheme, pupils respond to design briefs and scenarios that require consideration of the needs of others, developing their skills in the key areas which follows the design process (design, make and evaluate.)

The Kapow Primary scheme is a spiral curriculum, with key areas revisited

again and again with increasing complexity, allowing pupils to revisit and build on their previous learning.

Lessons incorporate a range of teaching strategies from independent tasks, paired and group work including practical hands-on, computer-based and inventive tasks. This variety means that lessons are engaging and appeal to those with a variety of learning styles.

Strong subject knowledge is vital for staff to be able to deliver a highly effective and robust Design and technology curriculum. Each unit of lessons includes multiple teacher videos to develop subject knowledge and support ongoing CPD



The expected impact of following the Kapow Primary Design and technology scheme of work is that children will:

  •  Understand the functional and aesthetic properties of a range of materials  and resources.
  •  Understand how to use and combine tools to carry out different processes for shaping, decorating, and manufacturing products.
  •  Build and apply a repertoire of skills, knowledge and understanding to produce high quality, innovative outcomes, including models, prototypes, CAD, and products to fulfil the needs of users, clients, and scenarios.
  •  Understand and apply the principles of healthy eating, diets, and recipes, including key processes, food groups and cooking equipment.
  •  Have an appreciation for key individuals, inventions, and events in history and of today that impact our world.
  •  Recognise where our decisions can impact the wider world in terms of community, social and environmental issues.
  •  Self-evaluate and reflect on learning at different stages and identify areas to improve.
  •  Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National curriculum for Design and technology.

DT Progression Map with Examples