Monksdown Primary School

Monksdown Primary School

Design Technology



Design Technology 

Key Documents

D.T Intent, Implementation and Impact

Design and Technology Policy

Progression of Skills – Design Technology

Design Technology Curriculum Map

Our Vision

At Monksdown Primary, we intend to build a Design Technology curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills. 

Children will know more, remember more and understand more. We intend to create a design technology curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum Design Technology Programmes of study. To fulfil the duties of the NC whereby schools must provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences for later life.

In our Design & Technology curriculum we intend to create opportunities for children to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Children will consider their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

At Monksdown Primary, we intend to embrace and exploit the EYFS framework which clearly identifies and strengthens the role of  design and technology. It is specifically named in the area of learning ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ and it is clear that D&T makes an important contribution to children’s development in all seven areas of learning.

Check out what we’re making this term…

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
New playground equipment 
Wheels and Axles
A space rover
Levers and Linkages
A moving picture book
A pair of Greek Sandals
Mechanisms (gears)
A motorised car
Mechanisms & structures
A motorised carrousel

Design Technology in Action…




Reception have been practicing their cutting skills to make a delicious, healthy salad.

Year 1 used their DT skills in science – The children used a simple pivot to create a weather wheel. 


Year 1 created moving Christmas cards!

Year 1 have been learning how to make moving parts. They found out about sliders and levers and chose either a slider or lever to use in their own design for a Christmas card. 



Year 1 used their DT skills in science

Year 1 used recycled materials to create their favourite animal. They explored different joins and selected the best methods, including a tab, a link, glue and sellotape.