Children will:

  • design, construct, reflect on and evaluate real-life creations and products 
  • increase their knowledge, understanding and skills to fully engage in the process of designing and making 
  • gain the knowledge and skill to put forth into real life situations


Teachers use the National Curriculum as a basis for planning exciting lessons for pupils and this is supported by the KAPOW scheme of work. Within this, much of our teaching and learning for Design and Technology is taught discretely but linked to other subjects where appropriate.

Planning is adapted and annotated where necessary for teaching and feedback strategies and amendments are made based on teacher judgement, particularly to support and challenge SEND pupils and stretch the more able. Teachers make references to prior learning both within and between units. Through the use of a mixture of whole-class teaching, group work and individual activities, pupils are given the opportunity to work on their own and collaborate with others, listening to their peers ideas and treating others with respect.


Through Expressive Arts children are encouraged to construct and create purposefully selective tools and techniques needed to shape, assemble and join materials they are using. Children learn through first-hand experiences which involve putting their ideas into practice to develop an awareness and understanding of the possibilities and limitations of different materials. Practitioners encourage children to explore, observe, solve problems, think critically, make decisions and talk about why they have made their decisions as they design and create. Children's natural creativity is fostered and opportunities for investigation, designing and making are offered daily within our provision, which enables children to learn a great deal about their world.


The intended impact of this curriculum is for children to demonstrate an interest and fascination with cooking and nutrition, mechanical and electrical systems, textiles, structures and the digital world. Within this, they ask questions and seek answers through enquiry, research, investigation and practical activities. This curriculum will help pupils develop their design and making skills, using a wide range of tools and materials, learn about working safely and using protective measures, working individually and collaboratively, evaluate products, made by themselves, their peers groups and external companies and develop an interest in and an understanding of technological processes and the role of manufacturing in society.

"The world is but a canvas to the imagination" - Henry David Thoreau

Little Red Riding Hood Basket

The children had received a letter from Little Red Riding Hood saying her basket had broken and she needed the children's help! The children had to design and create a sturdy basket that would be able to carry food for Grandma. Take a look at some of their fabulous baskets.

"Children are naturally creative. It is our job to give them the freedom, materials and space to let their creativity blossom to its full potential" - Jean Vant Hul

Reception Chinese Lantern Making

The reception children have enjoyed learning all about Chinese New year. To help them celebrate, they had a go at designing and creating their own paper lantern. The children enjoyed folding, snipping and decorating their paper lantern. Take a look at some of their creations!

Year One Moon Buggies

"We were making moon buggies for our space topic" - Year One

"We used a saw to chop the thin stick so we could make our moon buggies" - Year One

"It was so much fun!" - Year One

Emmaus CMAC
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