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Design & Technology

Design and Technology Curriculum Statement

At Harefield Primary School, we deliver the Design and Technology (D & T) curriculum, following the National Curriculum.

Our design and technology curriculum’s intention is to allow pupils to work independently or as part of a group to become independent, creative problem solvers and thinkers.

We tailor and put greater emphasis on specific themes, in response to our pupils needs For example:

  • More focus on cookery and nutrition as the children in Harefield Primary School lack some of the necessary life skills for later in life. We therefore immerse them in developing their cookery skills and knowledge of food types.
  • As attendance remains an issue at Harefield Primary School, we have ensured that our approach allows pupils to revisit previously taught sessions and overlearn subject specific vocabulary.

Children will design, make and evaluate a range of products to solve real life problems whilst considering the needs and wants of themselves and others. They will draw on a range o subject knowledge from mathematics, science and computing. 

Our whole curriculum is comprehensibly planned and clearly sequenced and D & T follows this consistent design, effectively adapting and developing to meet the needs of ALL pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs and/ or Disabilities and those that are disadvantaged.


Our D&T curriculum is taught by the class teacher, who will first revisit prior learning. We return to previous learning, in order for pupils to retrieve knowledge from their long-term memory and build on this, with the introduction of new knowledge. This is through an approach of clear modelling and scaffolding of new concepts. The pupils will then practise applying this knowledge in a group or individual task and have opportunities to deepen their understanding with reasoning and explanation.

We use key CONCEPTS that are thread through our D & T curriculum, from Yr R to Yr 6, in order to build on prior learning and support pupils making strong links in their knowledge, from previous learning.

Design & Technology Topic Overview

For more information on what your child will be learning in Design & Technology, please go to Curriculum/ Yr R to Yr 6 Curriculum Newsletters for the appropriate term.

Year group





Preparing Fruit and Vegetables

Sliders and Levers

Sliders and Levers

Design a sandwich

Structures – freestanding

Food hygiene and safety


Wheels and Axles

Cooking and Nutrition – understand where food comes from.

Textiles – Templates and joining

Textiles – templates and joining techniques

Food hygiene and safety


Healthy and varied diet

Mechanisms - Levers and sliders

Shell structures using computer aided design

Mechanisms – pneumatics

Food hygiene and safety



Prepare ingredients hygienically.

Levers and Linkages

Designing pizza topping

2D shape to 3D product


Food hygiene and safety

Electrical systems – Simple circuits and switches


Frame structures

Design, make evaluate and improve

Designing a meal for own family.


Mechanical systems – Cams

Food hygiene and safety


Celebrating culture and seasonality

Pulleys and gears

Electrical systems – more complex switches and circuits

Food hygiene and safety


DT Progression map coming soon.