Design Technology 



Teaching and learning:

At Martin Frobisher Infant School, we use the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum as a basis for our planning within the subject, although we see this as only one element in the education of our children. Whenever possible, we teach through a themed, experienced based approach to enable children to embed learning and make connections, leading to a greater depth of understanding within the subject. Our teaching and learning opportunities allow all children to consolidate, build upon and apply basic skills.


Foundation Stage

In Foundation Stage teachers plan for 'Design and Technology' through the Development Matters which is the Statutory Requirements Document for Foundation Stage.

Through areas of provision and adult directed tasks children in Foundation Stage will have the opportunity to apply a range of skills involved with exploring different materials and media to create and build different representations of objects/real life experiences and objects. Children will develop language through talking with friends and adults about what they have made and the different features of the models including how they have created it.


Aims in teaching Design and Technology:

We aim:

Physical Development

For children to handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

Expressive Art Design

To support children to use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes.

For children to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.



Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1 teachers plan from the National Curriculum. Teachers plan for adult led activities within class as well as activities for provision areas for children to have the opportunity to apply their skills taught in class sessions.

The National Curriculum for 'Design and Technology' aims to ensure that all pupils:


Aims in teaching Design and Technology:

We aim:

To develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.

To build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.

To critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.

To understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Design Technology National Curriculum


If you have any questions about our Design and Technology teaching please speak to your child's class teacher or Mrs Steinmann-Burnell (DT Leader)