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Curriculum Area - Design and Technology


Mrs M Watt (Infant School) and Miss G Payne (Junior School) are our Art and Design Curriculum Leaders.



We recognise that Design and Technology is a central part of our World. At Chalfont St Giles Village School, we aim to develop skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and food.  All our projects involve making functional products. It is a subject which nurtures creativity and innovation, drawing relevance from the world around us.




Learning overviews have been created for every topic covered during the year (one per term). The plans identify:


  • The core theme which is used as the basis for cross-curricular learning
  • The main design and technology subject knowledge to be covered in relation to the theme
  • Key design and technology skills to be covered during the unit of work


Teachers refer to the EYFS curriculum, the National Curriculum Programmes of Study and Key Skills and other relevant guidance including our curriculum progressions. Topic guides are shared with parents to inform them of the learning that their child will experience that term.


Medium Term Planning


For Foundation Subjects, a sequence of core lesson objectives have been identified to be covered as part of their theme. Teachers are encouraged to be flexible, and may choose to stagger or block lessons as they feel is most appropriate to the needs and interests of their class.

Through-out the school design and technology lessons are broken down into:-


  1. Activities which involve investigating and evaluating existing products.
  2. Focused practical tasks in which children develop particular aspects of knowledge and skills.
  3. Designing and making activities in which children design and make ‘something’ for ‘somebody’ for ‘some purpose.’
  4. Evaluation


Our D&T projects are built into our creative curriculum topics and follow the current theme. It is an exciting subject that has great relevance to the historical and modern world. Who knows, we could have the next great designer amongst us! 


Chalfont St. Giles School ensures that children have the opportunity to develop in all three of these areas, and teachers use ideas linked to the terms topic to develop these skills.  Planning for continuity and progression is an important consideration in the school’s long term planning. We are committed to constantly evaluating and developing our provision. As a school, we look for opportunities to widen our experience, refresh our creativity and enable us to approach our teaching with vigour and passion.


Curriculum Enrichment


From Foundation Stage through to Year 6, opportunities will be taken to extend and enrich the curriculum beyond the statutory requirements through:


  • the use of the school grounds, the locality and the wider environment;
  • themed weeks, e.g. STEM week, Arts Week
  • educational visits;
  • drama workshops and other visitors, e.g. artists
  • support of parents.


At Chalfont St Giles Village School, we provide learning opportunities for the needs of individual children of all genders from all ethnic and social groups, including the most able and those who are experiencing learning difficulties. We aim to enable all pupils to make progress by setting suitable learning challenges and responding to each child’s different needs. Assessment against the learning objectives allows us to consider each child’s attainment and progress against expected levels.




We strive to ensure that our children’s attainment and progress in foundation subjects is in line with or exceeding their potential when we consider the varied starting points of children. We measure this carefully using a range of materials, but always considering the expectations set.   We have high aspirations and aim for all children to be academically and physically prepared for the next stage of their education and ready for life in Modern Britain and the wider world. As children progress throughout the school, they develop deeper design and technology subject knowledge and skills, they use their imagination to innovate and communicate their ideas and thoughts. The Children also regularly examine the work of designers, discussing and thinking critically about their work as well as using them to inform their own work.

Below is a grid to show an overview of design technology projects we plan to use across the school.



(Nursery and Reception)

During the course of the year children have the opportunity to engage in a huge amount of experiences on a daily basis. These are just a few of the events that take place in the EYFS.

Junk modelling of vehicles


Making bread linked to Harvest and the Little Red Hen.

Making of telescopes and junk model rockets.

Cooking food from different countries.

Design a home and use junk modelling to create your design. Build buildings with construction blocks.

Design and making of volcanoes. Explore and design bug houses.

Making sandwiches using healthy options.

Create an animal mask for the class assembly.

Use junk modelling to create different animals such as giraffes, tigers, elephants etc.


Year 1

Design a tea party.

Explore tea party options and taste new foods to try- where do the foods come from? Make tea party sandwiches

Design and making popcorn boxes, looking at structures and strength.

Use IT to design the images and advertising messages for the packaging. Healthy eating.


Make Punch and Judy puppets.

Make pulley/winch (link to Lighthouse Keeper’s lunch story…best way to move lunch!) also linking with electricity.

Year 2

Winding mechanisms related to Great fire of London e.g. winding a bucket up from a well.

Create recipes for an African Feast Day. Explore, design and make African masks.

Looking at food miles and food from around the world related to Captain Cook and his exploration of the globe. Then design and make a fruit salad.

Famous bridges- looking at stable structures


Year 3

Make a working shaduf using a pivoted lever

How tools and construction have changed through the ages: Making Stone Age tools.


Design, create and evaluate bird feeders.

Year 4

Joining and Fastenings – making a purse or wallet

Making an Anglo-Saxon Feast.

Design, make and evaluate a roof which is fit for purpose, using a range of tools and materials.


Design, create and evaluate Bug hotels.

Year 5

Cooking Mexican food.

Design make and evaluate boats. 

Make a motorised space buggy- look at designs including axels, periscopes, suspension


Year 6

Make and evaluate Green houses

Building and evaluating bridges, using ICT and a variety of materials.

Young Enterprise Projects.