Northway Infant School

Northway Infant School

Where Children Shine

Virginia Road, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire GL20 8PT

01684 293447

Design and Technology

Design and Technology

Design and Technology is an inspiring and practical subject.

Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. At Northway Infant School, we encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

Design and Technology should provide children with a real life context for learning. Through the DT SHINE curriculum, children should be inspired by engineers, designers, chefs and architects to enable them to create a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems and food products with a real life purpose.

Key skills and key knowledge for DT have been mapped across the school to ensure progression between year groups. This also ensures that there is a context for the children’s work in DT; that they learn about real life structures and the purpose of specific examples, as well as developing their skills throughout the programme of study. Design and technology lessons are taught within a themed block so that children’s learning is focused throughout each unit of work and learning is linked to real life challenges and is interwoven through the theme. 


EYFS links:

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage

Pupils should be taught to 

  • use and explore a variety of materials, experimenting with colour, design and texture. 
  • explore form and function.
  • use tools and techniques safely.
  • share their creations, explaining the processes they have used. 

“.The development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity. It is important that children have regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. The quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in is crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts. The frequency, repetition and depth of their experiences are fundamental to their progress in interpreting and appreciating what
they hear, respond to and observe.”

KS1 Design and Technology National Curriculum

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making.


Pupils should be taught to:

  • design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria;
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology.


Pupils should be taught to:

  • select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing];
  • select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics.


Pupils should be taught to:

  • explore and evaluate a range of existing products;
  • evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria.

Technical Knowledge

Pupils should be taught to:

  • build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable;
  • explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles], in their products.

Cooking and Nutrition

Pupils should be taught to:

  • use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes;
  • understand where food comes from.

What are Reception busy designing...? They are designing and creating boats for the Gingerbread Man. He can't cross the river on his own as Reception tested this and his skin soaks up the water. I wonder if they managed to design a boat for him to get across the river or if they needed to change any aspect of their design? 

Curriculum Design

 DT EYFS Progression grids 2023.pdfDownload
 DT Year 1 progression grids 2023 - 2024.pdfDownload
 DT Year 2 progression grids 2023.pdfDownload
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Key Stage 1 Puppet making!

Being INDEPENDENT is all part of our SHINE. It was really important when making our puppets that we tried different methods to attached the materials and textiles to create our puppet. Then we had to do it all independently -  never giving up. We are really proud of our puppets - which method would you use to create your puppet and attach its features? Would you use a stapler, glue, a safety pin or would you sew? 


To link in with the Little Red Hen in English (as part of the Feathers, Feet, Flight and Fins topic) we decided to make bread. 'Who will eat my bread?' said the little Northway children!


In year 2, children made hot cross buns to link in with their RE theme all about Easter. The tasted absolutely delicious, The children were really kind and made Mrs. Morley one - hot cross buns are her favourite!


Did you know that in our Greenhouse the 'Green Gang' have planted lots of seeds ready for the Summer term topics all about Kings and Queens!

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