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Woodvale Primary Academy

Design and Technology (D&T)

Design and Technology at Woodvale 

Design and Technology prepares children to participate in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world and to develop a curiosity and interest within it. The subject encourages the children to think creatively and become imaginative problem solvers as individuals and as members of a team. It allows the children to be given opportunities to learn about the subject by designing, making, and evaluating.  

Our Intention for Design and Technology at Woodvale is:  

  • To create an interest and enthusiasm for designing and making for children of all abilities and develop these skills. 

  • To develop children’s confidence and skills in using and selecting a range of tools and materials safely.  

  • To develop their knowledge and understanding and combine these with their design and making skills in order to develop their capability in creating high quality products. 

  • To reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses, and its impact. 

  • To help children develop an ability to criticise constructively and evaluate their own products and those of others. 

  • To apply the principles of nutrition, basic hygiene and learn how to cook. 


At Woodvale we teach the Kapow Scheme of Work for Design and Technology for Key Stage 1 and 2. The Scheme of Work meets the requirements for the National Curriculum for Design and Technology, and enables our teachers to deliver creative, inspiring and engaging lessons. The scheme also provides for progression in skills and knowledge. The curriculum content covers the following areas:  

  • Cooking and Nutrition, 

  • Mechanisms, 

  • Structures, 

  • Textiles, 

  • Electrical Systems. 

The four strands of the Design and Technology Curriculum (Design, Make, Evaluate and Technical Knowledge) run through each unit and the fifth strand, Cooking and Nutrition is a standalone unit each year. Where possible, links are made with other curriculum subjects, as these will often lend ‘purpose’ and ‘user’ for the products which pupils will design and make.