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Design and Technology

Subject Lead - Miss Clarkson


Chapel Allerton Primary School

D&T statement 



At Chapel Allerton Primary we aim to provide all children with a broad and balanced curriculum which prepares them for life beyond primary education. The high-quality teaching of design and technology at CAPs empowers our children to step away from being passive learners and gives them ample opportunity to become active participants and agents of the world as they learn to take risks, become resourceful, champion their creativity and imagination and make essential contributions that could improve the human made world.

At Chapel Allerton Primary the design and technology curriculum combines skills, knowledge, concepts and values to enable children to tackle real problems. It can improve analysis, problem solving, practical capability and evaluation skills. The children are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

At CAPs we strive to model, teach, and enable the development of subject specific skills and allow children to speculate and envisage how they can develop, design, and improve the world around them through the medium of design and technology.


At CAPS we follow the Project on A Page scheme which embeds the 6 essential DT principles;

User – who are the products for

Purpose – what tasks the products will perform

Functionality – how the products will work

Design Decisions – the opportunities children have to make choices

Innovation – the scope children have to be original with their thinking

Authenticity – how believable / real the products will be to the children.


These principles ensure consistency and a progression of skills throughout school and enables every unit to be worked through the same clear process.

This scheme links directly to the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage and the programme of study states what should be taught in KS1/KS2 DT lessons.

Furthermore, linking with the EYFS under the strand ‘expressive arts and design’ this programme highlights the importance of high-quality DT experiences and activities for children in our Early Years setting.


At CAPs there are three types of activity that shape our DT lessons;

Investigative and Evaluative Activities (IEAs) where children learn from a range of existing products and find out about D&T in the wider world

Focused Tasks (FTs) where they are taught specific technical knowledge, designing skills and making skills

Design, Make and Evaluate Assignment (DMEA) where children create functional products with users and purposes in mind.



Children will have clear enjoyment and confidence in design and technology that they will then apply to other areas of the curriculum.

Children will ultimately know more, remember more and understand more about design technology, demonstrating this knowledge when using tools or skills in other areas of the curriculum and in opportunities out of school.

The large majority of children will achieve age related expectations in design technology.

Annual assessment and reporting of standards in D&T


D&T Progression of Skills

‘Nurturing a lifelong love of learning’