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Design and Technology

Curriculum Intent

At Markington Primary and Nursery  School we believe that creativity is a valued skill which we enhance and embrace. We are committed to ensuring that our pupils become confident and enthusiastic creative thinkers.  We encourage children to develop ‘enquiring minds’ which ‘grow a love of learning’ and ‘our rich, creative curriculum’ provides opportunities to use art and design in imaginative and cross-curricular ways.

As a school and in accordance with the National Curriculum’s expectations, we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Become proficient in drawing painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Through our teaching of Art and Design Technology we aim to:

  • To develop in each pupil a positive attitude towards Art and Design Technology, and an awareness of the fascinating aesthetic and creative aspects of the subjects.
  • To provide pupils with the skills and motivation produce work of a high standard.
  • To enable pupils to develop the ability to identify a problem, select the most appropriate  solution given task and choose equipment to check and evaluate their results.
  • To ensure pupils are provided with opportunities to use Art and Design Technology in other areas of the curriculum and in real life.
  • To enable pupils to work independently and in co-operation with others.
  • To develop confidence in pupils ability in Art and Design Technology and to encourage independence and perseverance.

Design and Technology in the EYFS

Our Design and Technology curriculum begins in the Early Years’ where our children are taught to:

  • Realise that tools can be used for a purpose
  • Use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
  • Select tools and using techniques needed to shape, assemble and join material they are using
  • Understand that different media can be combines to create new effects
  • Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function
  • Share their creations, explaining the process they have used

Our children are exposed to a range of materials, tools and media. We embed learning through providing opportunities within our provision and revisiting prior learning and skills which will prepare them for KS1.

Long Term Plans and Progression

End Points

Key Knowledge

EYFS Phunky Foods

The Great Fire of London

After the fire engine came to visit us at school, Year 1 and 2 children designed and made their own fire engine models.

Egyptian Feast- Koshari, Fig Shortbread and Baklava

Key Stage 2 really enjoying preparing, cooking and eating our Egyptian Feast. 

Roman Chariots

KS2 children have been making Roman Chariots which move with a pull back force. 

Anglo Saxon Houses

We first made our house design out of K'nex, then drew a plan with measurements.


Computerised drawing

We made a prototype of our building on screen to see what it might look like.



We measured, cut and assembled our 3D house.


Designing a 'Space Mission Buggy'

Space Buggies


"I enjoyed making the vehicles and learning about space, which is really interesting." - Chloe Y4

"I love DT because I liked making a vehicle and it taught me to keep going and never give up." Mollie Y3

"Space vehicles is the best topic ever and I couldn't believe I actually got to use a saw." Lily Y4

Making K'nex Prototypes


" Using Sphero was tricky at first then got easier." Amelie Y4

"It was REALLY fun making the space vehicles." "Triangles in the joins make the structure stronger." Izzy Y4

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