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At Court de Wyck, our mixed aged classes enjoy a rolling Design and Technology programme which covers the National Curriculum Programme of Study. 

Throughout our pupils learning in Design and Technology we 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 Court de Wyck, we use Curriculum Maestro to ensure effective coverage and progression of knowledge.

The Design and Technology projects are well sequenced to provide a coherent subject scheme that develops children’s designing, planning, making and evaluating skills. Each project is based around a design and technology subject focus of structures, mechanisms, cooking and nutrition or textiles.

Where possible, meaningful links to other areas of the curriculum have been made. For example, the cooking and nutrition project Eat the Seasons is taught alongside the geography project Sow, Grow and Farm. All the projects follow a structure where children are introduced to key concepts and build up knowledge and skills over time, using a more comprehensive range of equipment and building, cutting, joining, finishing and cooking techniques as they progress through school.

Throughout Key Stages 1 and 2, children build up their knowledge and understanding of the iterative design process. They design, make, test and evaluate their products to match specific design criteria and ensure they fit their purpose.

Throughout the projects, children are taught to work hygienically and safely.



Design and Technology is taught in early Years as an integral part of the learning theme through child initiated and adult led activities. 

At Court de Wyck during EYFS children have regular opportunities to:

  • Develop their small motor skills so that they can use a range of tools competently, safely and confidently.
  • Explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings.
  • Return to and build on their previous learning.
  •  Create collaboratively, sharing ideas, resources and skills.
  • Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques so that they can experiment with colour, design and texture.
  • Share their creations, explaining what they have done and the process they have used. 





Robin Class developing their Design and Technology skills.

Design and Technology Year 1 - Year 6


Owl class investigated wheels, axles and a chassis in lots of different household items and toys. They used their knowledge of this to plan and make their own moving vehicles out of a range of different materials. 

Making It Move

Goldfinch Class constructed moving mechanisms and explained to each other how they worked.

Goldfinch Class then developed this knowledge by learning about Cam mechanisms. They made their own Cam mechanism where the rotational round and round movement changed into an up and down movement.  

Eat the Seasons.

Kingfishers and Kestrels enjoyed learning about the benefits of seasonal eating. They researched fruit and vegetables currently in season and from this designed and made a healthy seasonal soup. They especially enjoyed tasting their creations and sharing them with their parents and carers. 

Kingfisher Class

Strengthening Structures

Term 6 Goldfinch Class


We enjoyed exploring and learning about techniques to strengthen structures as part of our Greenhouse topic.

We built frame structures and investigated the use of diagonal struts for strength.