Kirkby on Bain Primary School

Kirkby on Bain
Church of England
Primary School

01526 352715


Our Early Years and Key Stage One children explore DT, as they do with most areas of the curriculum, in a very child-initiated way. This means that teachers are skilled in ensuring all of their curriculum knowledge and related skills are covered by the end of Y2 but the order in which they are covered is influenced by the children's interests. 

Coverage in Key Stage Two is mapped out and our principle resources are the D and T Association Projects on a Page.

DT Progression Document

Art and DT Split Curriculum_from September 2022

Year One and Two Projects could include: 

Sliders and Levers

Freestanding Structures

Preparing Fruits and Vegetables

Templates and Joining

Wheels and Axles

Year Three and Four Projects include:

2D Shape to 3D Product

Healthy and Varied Diet

Levers and Linkages


Structures: Shell Structures

Simple Circuits and Switches

Year Five/Six Projects include:

Healthy and Varied Diet

Structures: Frame Structures

More Complex Switches and Circuits

Textiles: Combining Different Fabric Shapes

Health and Nutrition: Celebrating Culture and Seasonality

Mechanical Systems 

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“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”  Steve Jobs

At Kirkby on Bain CE Primary School, we teach our pupils to be imaginative and creative; to explore real and relevant problems, within a range of contexts, and to consider their own and other’s needs, wants and values. We encourage them to make links across subject areas, draw on prior knowledge and use and apply that knowledge critically and reflectively. Design Technology is perfectly placed to develop these skills and provide a platform for pupils to learn how to assess risks, be resourceful, innovate, be enterprising and critically evaluate their approach to solving a problem.

We are very aware of the ever-increasingly technological world we are all living in and the fact that the world will continue to change far before our pupils take their place in the world beyond education. We present our pupils with problem-solving activities that utilise their natural creativity and provide scaffolds to support their development designing, making, evaluating and building technological knowledge and vocabulary.

Our curriculum ensures that a range of design technology strands are covered each year and opportunities for pupils to revisit areas they have previously learned are provided. Children are encouraged to be inquisitive about the way products work. We encourage both asking and answering questions in order to deepen children’s understanding of product and product design. Our learning approach allows for experimentation, exploration and individuality. Collaborative work in design and technology develops mutual respect for the differing opinions, beliefs and abilities of others. In addition, children develop a respect for the environment, for their own health and safety and that of others. 

Design Technology teaches us:

  • to make good judgements
  • to develop critical thinking and an ability to interpret the world around us
  • to observe, focus and persevere when facing a problem
  • to think and solve problems creatively
  • that questioning and possibilities are endless
  • to develop critical thinking and an ability to interpret the world around us
  • to express ourselves and our unique creativity to and with the world, with no fear of a ‘wrong’  answer
  • to experiment, explore and discover
  • to develop personal responsibility
  • that problems have more than one solution


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