Bratton Primary School

Design and Technology

Intent – Our Design and Technology curriculum is designed to:

  • Inspire pupils to be innovative and creative thinkers who have an appreciation for the product design cycle through ideation, creation, and evaluation. 
  • Develop pupil’s 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. 
  • Build an awareness of the impact of design and technology on our lives and encourage pupils to become resourceful, enterprising
    citizens who have the skills to contribute to future design advancements. 
  • Enable pupils to meet the end of key stage attainment targets in the National curriculum.

Implementation – What does Design and Technology look like at Bratton Primary School?

At Bratton Primary School, we believe that design and technology helps to prepare children for the developing world and encourages them to become curious and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. Through the study of Design and Technology, they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues. Design and technology helps all children to become discerning and informed consumers and potential innovators. It provides children with a greater awareness and understanding of how everyday products are designed and made.

Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Pupils acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks and innovative. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life in the wider world.

Design and Technology knowledge and skills are taught explicitly in dedicated blocks of time.  We follow the Kapow scheme of work which provides full coverage of the National Curriculum whilst ensuring a clear progression of knowledge and skills.  The Kapow Scheme provides opportunities for children to discover design in Cooking and Nutrition, Mechanisms and Mechanical Systems, Electrical Systems, Digital Worlds, Structures and Textiles.  Where appropriate, links are made to subjects such as Science, Art and Maths.

In EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 Design Technology is taught in single year groups.  When children move in to Key Stage 2 we follow a 2 year mixed year group rolling programme where our Year 3 and 4 children work together and our Year 5 and 6 children work together.

Impact – At Bratton Primary School 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.

Kapow Progression Map for Design and Technology

PRIMARY National Curriculum Design and Technology

Design and Technology Intent Implement and Impact