How do we teach Design & Technology at Abbeyfield?

The National Curriculum

The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure 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 Abbeyfield, we know that Design and Technology is a valuable, practical subject. Through it, children develop their creativity, problem solving, planning and evaluation as well as practical skills and the ability to take risks. This subject gives the opportunity to work collaboratively as well as independently and develops vital communication skills. Our design and technology curriculum will develop children’s abilities in a range of designing and making specialisms: textiles, resistant materials, structure, food technology and systems and control.


Our DT scheme of work is based upon the requirements set out in the framework of the 2014 National Curriculum. Across the academic year, all year groups will study three design and technology units of work. These are spread across KS1 and KS2 to ensure that children build their knowledge and skills in each specialism across their time at primary school.

We use the KAPOW scheme of work to support our teaching. We have illustrated the plans from this scheme in our ‘learning journeys’ in order to ensure that there is clear progression as the children move through school. Lessons and units of work are carefully sequenced to build on prior learning and to ensure that learning is revisited regularly. When teaching DT we use work booklets to record our process following the ‘design -> make -> evaluate’ triangle approach. All lessons are planned and sequenced to ensure that learning builds towards a quality outcome.


Our DT curriculum at Abbeyfield will ensure that children leave primary school with the necessary skills and subject knowledge they need in order to be a successful Designer and continue their studies into KS3. The high-quality DT experiences children will receive will inspire children’s curiosity and foster a love for creative problem-solving. We aim to ensure that pupils leave Abbeyfield able to understand how to plan and evaluate effectively, think critically and to solve problems using a variety of solutions and skills.

Curriculum Overview

We have mapped out of DT curriculum using the following strands: structures, mechanisms, food, textiles, digital world and mechanical systems. Every year group completes 3 DT units per year.

Learning Journeys

We send out learning journeys to families at the start of each half-term. Here is an example of a Y3 learning journey for Eating Seasonally.