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Design and Technology


Our world is filled with interesting and intelligent designs created by God and the gifts he gives to us.

Resilience and Retention

The importance of perseverance and resilience within the Design & Technology industry and be encouraged to critique and make improvements to their work through re-drafts and evaluations.

Aspiration and Application

A range of new skills and methods to create imaginatively and fulfil a design criterion.

Core Purpose


The use of ambitious, subject specific vocabulary to articulate themselves.

Equality and Engagement

How their imaginations can be engaged through design and problem solving.


At St Paul’s C of E Primary, we use the Kapow Design & Technology scheme of work in key stages 1&2. This scheme is divided into different subject areas: Cooking and Nutrition, Mechanisms, Structures, Textiles and Electrical Systems. Due to the broad nature of Design & Technology, each subject area will be delivered at least once every two years to ensure we provide rich opportunities and cover the national curriculum requirements. Some subject areas are delivered more than once in a year to embed important skills and provide further cross-curricular learning opportunities. During the mapping of the subject, we ensured that the Kapow scheme of work covers all aspects of the National Curriculum Design & Technology Programme of Study as each learning outcome has been mapped in long-term and medium-term planning. The curriculum is sequenced towards identified endpoints as units are planned to ensure the teaching of key skills and concepts which are built upon in following units. The implementation and assessment of these endpoints demonstrates a clear progression year band to year band. Pupil’s experience four subject areas, Cooking and Nutrition, Mechanisms, Structure and Textiles, in Key Stage One. These subject areas are revisited and built upon in Key Stage Two. Skills and concepts taught in previous years are revisited and developed along with new learning of more advanced skills, concepts and problem solving.


Early Years Foundation Stage


In Reception, children will explore a range of media and materials through a balance of open-ended play experiences and adult initiated opportunities. Learning will be directly linked to the Expressive Arts & Design and Physical Development areas of learning from the Early Years Foundation Stage Children explore structures though activities such as junk-modelling, duplo, stickle bricks, den making and other large construction opportunities.


Key Stage 1


Children in key stage 1 cover subject areas of Cooking and Nutrition, Mechanisms, Structures and Textiles.






Year 1

Mechanisms – Moving space storybook.

Cross-curricular links: History - Moon Landing topic.

Structures – Windmills

Cross-curricular links: Science - Everyday Materials.

Mechanisms – Wheels and Axles

Cross-curricular links: History - Flight of the Wright Brothers.

Year 2

Structures – Baby Bear’s chair.

Cross-curricular links: English - Traditional Tales.

Food & Nutrition – A balanced diet.

Cross-curricular links: Science – What do animals need to survive?

Textiles – Pouches – Coin purses

Cross-curricular links: History - The Great Fire of London.


Key Stage 2


Children in key stage 2 cover subject areas of Cooking and Nutrition, Mechanisms, Structures and Textiles and are introduced to the topic of Electrical Systems.






Year 3

Food & Nutrition – Eating seasonally.

Cross-curricular links: History- Stone age to Iron age.

Textiles – cushions

Cross-curricular links: History- Romans

Structures – Castles – Nonsuch Palace

Cross-curricular links: History - Tudors

Year 4

Electrical Systems – Torches

Cross-curricular links: Science - Electricity

Mechanisms – Slingshot

Cross-curricular links: History – Anglo Saxons  

Structures – Pavilions – Pyramid

Cross-curricular links: History – Ancient Egypt

Year 5

Structures – Bridges

Cross-curricular links: Science – Forces and Movement

Mechanisms – Viking pop-up book.

Cross-curricular links: History – Viking

Food & Nutrition – What could be healthier? Cross-curricular links: History - WW2. Focus on rations and Grow your own.

Year 6

Structures – playgrounds – Mayan village

Cross-curricular links: History - Mayans

Textiles – Waistcoats – Votes for Women

Cross-curricular links: History – Suffragettes

Electrical Systems – Steady Hand Game

Cross-curricular links: Science - Electricity