Barkerend Road,
Bradford, Yorkshire BD3 0AB

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Byron Primary School

Design and Technology

Curriculum Intent

At Byron Primary School our intention is to provide every child with a high quality Design and Technology Curriculum. Every child engages in a range of experiences that inspire and encourages children to grow by thinking creatively and innovatively to solve problems, progressively building on their previous experiences and skills as individuals, and as part of a team, when appropriate.

Throughout their time at Byron every child will have the opportunity to design, plan, make and evaluate a range of products that aim to solve real-life problems in a range of contexts.  The children will be encouraged to consider the needs, wants and needs of the intended consumer as well as learning the importance of evaluation and the skills required to assess the effectiveness of a product.

We also aim to encourage children to use skills acquired in other areas of learning such as mathematics, science, computing and art when carrying out DT projects.

DT Implementation

In EYFS design and technology is taught through the EYFS framework through focused modelling and daily provision activities.

During the Early Years Foundation Stage, the essential building blocks of children’s design and technology capability are established. There are many opportunities for carrying out D&T-related activities in all areas of learning in the EYFS.


At Byron Primary School, The D&T Association’s Projects on a Page scheme of work provides the framework for learning and teaching in design and technology. One project is planned and undertaken each term in every year group from years one to six.


Year Group





Aspect of DT –Mechanisms

Focus – Sliders and Levers

(Geography/History inspired)


Aspect of DT –Textiles

Focus – Templates and joining techniques


Aspect of DT – Food

Focus – Preparing fruit and vegetables



Aspect of DT – Structures

Focus – Freestanding Structures


Aspect of DT – Food

Focus – Preparing food that is healthy and varied.

(Dig for Victory smoothies)

Aspect of DT –Mechanisms

Focus – Wheels and axles

(Chocolate truck)


Aspect of DT –

Mechanical systems

Focus – Linkages and levers


Aspect of DT – Food

Focus – Healthy and varied diet

(Tudor Banquet)

Aspect of DT – Textiles

Focus – 2D shape to 3D product

(Purse with button or press stud to sell to raise money for Rainforest preservation or WWF etc.)


Aspect of DT – Electrical Systems

Focus – Simple circuits and switches

(discuss with Y4 team)

Aspect of DT –

Mechanical Systems

Focus – Pneumatics

(Moving toy from recyclables)

Aspect of DT – Food

Focus – Healthy and varied diet

(Egyptian food)


Aspect of DT – Structures

Focus – Shell structures

(Designing a recyclable lunchbox for when next year’s children go on the trip)

Aspect of DT – Electrical systems

Focus – Simple programming and control


Aspect of DT – Food

Focus – celebrating culture and seasonality

(Roman dish)


Aspect of DT – Mechanical Systems (with links to structures and electrical systems)

Focus – Pulleys or Gears

(fairground ride)

Aspect of DT – Textiles

Focus – Combining different fabric shapes


Aspect of DT – Food

Focus – celebrating culture and seasonality

(Greek dish)


  • Colleagues should use the learning challenges in the scheme imaginatively, whilst ensuring the learning objectives remain the same in order to ensure progression.
  • Children in their designing and making will apply knowledge and skills of: textiles, food, mechanisms, mechanical systems and structures. Electrical systems are taught in KS2.
  • All design, make and evaluate assignments provide learning opportunities for developing creativity through designing skills such as generating, exploring, modifying ideas through drawing, and modelling with materials.
  • Evidence will be recorded in the form of a Project booklet by individual children which will then be saved in a DT folder and will be with the children throughout their time at Byron.


As well as termly POAP projects whole school Design and Technology days are also incorporated into the curriculum.


DT Impact

Our Design and Technology Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression year on year, giving pupils the skills and knowledge and vocabulary that they need to move forward in their learning, alongside opportunities to apply their knowledge to different situations.

If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Pupil discussions about their learning with the DT subject leader; which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work.
  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes; with peers, in groups and with their teachers.
  • A sample of 4 DT Project booklets from each class will be photocopied and collected by the subject leader to be used as examples of implementation and impact. This will happen at the end of each term.

Below is the Progression Framework for DT at Byron