The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • 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
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

What does design technology look like at North Featherstone Junior and Infant School? 

Foundation Stage 

Addressing design and technology in the early years enables children to make sense of the 'made world' in which they live by making, changing and modifying. Design is not just about drawing, but about thinking. Creating a pizza or designing a new Lego structure require no drawing, but both involve some experience, some imagination and a willingness to change and modify ideas.  In exploring a wide range of objects and materials with different textures, shapes and sizes, and weights enables children to develop new insights and skills related to all aspects of the curriculum. The knowledge and understanding of the world that children learn when designing and making contribute to other areas of learning and development, while learning in other aspects of the curriculum can contribute to competence and interest in design and technology. 

Autumn term learning in Foundation Stage 

Houses and Homes Topic  

In Foundation, the children explored how to construct houses with windows and doors. The children talked about the names of the rooms e.g. living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom and added in other things such as a bed and a fridge. 


Making a car using a glue stick independently to stick on the bottle tops to make wheels.