Design & Technology

The Design and Technology Curriculum at Fairstead School                           Subject Lead: Danielle Crome-Russell


At Fairstead Primary School we intend to build a Design Technology curriculum which is inspiring, rigorous, and practical. We want our children to use creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We intend for all children to acquire appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum. It is our aim to create cross curricular links with other subjects, such as Mathematics, Science, Computing, and Art.

We want Design and Technology to prepare our children, to give them the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences they need to be successful in later life.


In EYFS, our curriculum is based on the EYFS Development Matters document for children from birth to age 5.  It is for all children, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. This curriculum is followed throughout Nursery and Reception.

Our teaching is based on the Characteristics of Effective Learning:

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active Learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

Understanding the World –People and Communities. The World. Technology.

In EYFS, the children will investigate objects and materials and their properties, learn about change and patterns, similarities and differences and question how and why things work. They will learn about the construction process and the tools and techniques that can be used to assemble materials. Children will find out about computers, programmable toys and other I.C.T equipment. They will also have opportunities to make and prepare food adhering to good health and hygiene routines, and through growing plants, learn where food comes from.

This can be through adult-led activities or self-select activities during ‘child initiated play’, where they choose whether to play indoors or outside. During this time they have access to the wide range of activities and have time to enjoy sustained play and develop deeper thinking.

In KS1 and 2, our Design and Technology curriculum follows the National Curriculum and incorporates the CQ Essentials Curriculum milestones, allowing children to :

  • Develop, explore and evaluate ideas and products
  • Master practical skills- construction, electronics, food, materials, mechanics and textiles
  • Take inspiration from existing products and the work of inspirational designers and artists

These three ‘threshold concepts’ are woven into the Design and Technology units we teach.

Our progressive curriculum has been carefully planned to allow opportunities for making links and building on prior knowledge. Our knowledge categories, which thread through the different units, help us achieve this. These are:

  • Design inspiration
  • Design process
  • Technical knowledge
  • Practical knowledge


Through carefully planned and implemented learning activities the pupils develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. They gain a firm foundation of knowledge and skills to see them equipped to take on further learning in High School.

Teachers and school staff are constantly assessing children’s progress and understanding through discussion and structured activities, adapting their practice accordingly. Children complete Proof of Progress tasks (POP tasks) at the end of each unit in which they can show their knowledge, vocabulary and skills they acquired during the unit.  Floor books are used to collect examples of work, photographs and children’s verbal contributions.

DT Curriculum Map 2023-24

DT Learning Journey Milestone 1

DT Learning Journey Milestone 2

DT Learning Journey Milestone 3

“Design is intelligence made visible.” – Alina Wheeler, author 

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” – Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, Inc. 

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Headteacher: Daniel Farthing
Address: William Booth Road
Kings Lynn
PE30 4RR

Tel: 01553 774666


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