Haslam Park Primary School

Design Technology

Subject leader: Miss K. Marlow

Subject Intent:

At Haslam Park Primary School, we intend that children should master Design and Technology to such an extent that they can go on to have careers within Design and Technology and make use of design and technology effectively in their everyday lives.


All pupils are entitled to an exceptional quality ‘Arts Rich Curriculum’ and opportunities to share their creative talents. Our design and technology curriculum intends to extend opportunity, raises aspiration, opens children’s eyes to the world beyond their immediate environment; enable our children to live happy, healthy and productive lives. Our pupils are entitled to learn about the designed and made world, how things work, learning to design and make functional products for particular purposes and users.  Our children will be taught Design and Technology in a way that ensures progression of skills, and follows a sequence to build on previous learning.  Our children will gain experience and skills of a wide range of formal elements of design and concepts of technology in a way that will enhance their learning opportunities, enabling them to use design and technology across a range of subjects to be creative and solve problems, ensuring they make progress.



We follow a broad and balanced Design and Technology curriculum that builds on previous learning and provides both support and challenge for learners. We follow a Design and Technology scheme that ensures and progression of skills and covers all aspects of the Design and Technology curriculum. 

Through a series of units and engineering challenges throughout the year children develop skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food.  Supported by progressive Design Booklets, the children systematically work through a planning, design, making and evaluating process to achieve a product that is appropriate to the user.


Arts and Design are taught through a thematic approach using the “Expressive Arts and Design” framework so children are introduced to a variety of design and technology linking to the current theme.  Adults plan for activities in Continuous Provision both inside and outside to develop children’s designing skills. 


Taught for 3 half terms an academic year – linking with Science, History or Geography for embedding learning and supporting the deepening of understanding. 

Once a year one of the units will be a focus on food.

Children’s work and pictures of their work will are demonstrated in their own personal DT Booklet, for reference and assessment


Taught for 3 half terms an academic year – linking with Science, History or Geography for embedding learning and supporting the deepening of understanding. Once a year one of the units will be a focus on food – planning and preparing a healthy savory dish. Children’s work and pictures of their work will are demonstrated in their own personal DT Booklet, for reference and assessment

 Timetabling D&T – Haslam Park staff recognised that the teaching of D&T was sometimes compromised due to time, therefore we decided to teach D&T through discrete teaching days through the year, with classes off timetable for these days.

Structure of a lesson –D&T days will use following structure: plan/design, make and evaluate.

Use of resources– D&T lead and class teachers are to ensure that they have all of the required resources and software to teach lessons. The specialist D&T teacher provides all resources required for her teaching. Children have knowledge organisers to support them and develop their use of vocabulary and D&T terminology.

Health and Safety – When using any specialist materials or equipment, the lead teacher will ensure that all children are given a safety talk and that appropriate pupil-teacher ratios are in place.

Evidencing– Children’s work will be evidenced through their final D&T pieces, photographs and evidence in their D&T booklets. A selection of these booklets will be kept by the Subject Leader at the end of each academic year.

Assessment – Formative assessment of computing will be carried out by class teachers during their D&T days. The class teacher will know the skills that they expect pupils to achieve by the end of the session.

Display – We want children to take pride in their high-quality D&T creations, therefore we have made the displaying of D&T a priority across the school. Each year group or Phase will have a D&T display in the corridor that is updated and rotated with Art. 


By the time the children at Haslam Park leave our school, they will have developed:

  • A passion for being creative and using their imagination to solve problems;
  • A commitment to the design process of testing, analyzing and refining;
  • The ability to reflect, discuss and evaluate their ideas and those of others;
  • The confidence to use their technical and practical skills to perform a range of everyday tasks and
  • A desire to embrace challenging activities, including undertaking high quality research across a range of topics.


Our children enjoy and value Design and Technology and know why they are doing things, not just how. Children will understand and appreciate the value of Design and Technology in the context of their personal wellbeing and the creative and cultural industries and their many career opportunities.

 The Design and Technology curriculum will contribute to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. This would be seen in them being able to talk confidently about their work, and sharing their work with others. Progress will be shown through outcomes and through the important record of the process leading to them.

 * We want to ensure that Design and Technology is embedded in our whole school curriculum and that opportunities for enhancing learning by using design and technology are always taken.  Due to the impact of school closures we will be focusing on the key skills being taught in the 3 half termly projects. 

STEM clubs will be held – in 2021-2022 – for LKS2 children, where they will be given an opportunity to create and make different products.

During Enrichment Days – such as Christmas, Diwali, Eid and Easter – Design Technology activities will be planned and delivered to catch up areas of learning that have gaps.


The Department of Education has compiled a comprehensive document that breaks down the Aims of the subject’s curriculum.  The document can be found below:

The national curriculum for DT 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.

Design and Technology overview for 2021-2022:

Below is an example of one of our Knowledge Organisers - each unit taught across school has its own Knowledge Organiser to reflect the vocabulary being taught, to show working examples and to prompt discussion in class. Here is a link to the other DT Knowledge Organisers: https://www.haslam-park.bolton.sch.uk/curriculum/knowledge-organisers-1/design-technology 

Each unit or lesson of DT should follow the structure (attached below).  The specific amendments for DT are made on the second flow chart and highlighted in yellow.

Please find below the Upper Key Stage 2 booklet, to give you an example of the process from start to finish. 

Since the Autumn 2020 half term, we have blocked our Design Technology lessons across the whole school for the last two weeks.  This meant that we could concentrate and focus on our Designing, Making and Evaluating.  There has been a real buzz around school as the children shared their ideas and thoughts on their projects.  Well done everybody!


Year 1 in Summer Term 1, have been researching if a food is a vegetable or fruit; learning where they grow (in trees, on vines, underground) and which parts are edible; they had a session tasting ingredients to make a smoothie; blended the fruits into a drink before designing appealing packaging for it. 

In Summer 1, Years 5 and 6 have been looking at cooking and nutrition using the idea of Food: What could be healthier? They looked at how food comes from the farm and onto our fork; what a balanced meal looks like; the tasted different ingredients for a vegetarian bolognese and adapted their recipes to suit their tastes and then cooked their own following a recipe.  

The teachers at Haslam Park never stop learning!  On Tuesday 17th May 2022, Steph O'Donnell came into school for our CPD twilight session.  All members of the teaching staff had a blast getting stuck in and creating an object of their choice!  Years 5 and 6 made a fairground wheel, Years 1 and 2 made shakers, bags and night lights, Years 3 and 4 made a torch and a tree house, EYFS were really ambitious and made a car!

Spring 2022 - Year 2

Year 2 have just completed their Mechanism Fairground Wheel unit.  They recapped how wheels work, evaluated existing Big Wheels and created a design for their own ferris wheel.  They discussed what materials should be used for their own wheel and built their frames.  At the end they decorated their wheels and added the pods.

Spring 2022 - Year 4

This half term Year 4 have looked at Mechanisms: Slingshot Cars.  We had a great time:

  • investigating different types of moving cars,
  • creating our Design Criteria
  • building the chassis and axles
  • making a net that would be the side panels and roof
  • and finally racing them to see which car would be the fastest and discussing air resistance. 

Spring 2022 - Years 5 and 6

In Upper Key Stage 2 the children were learning about Mechanisms and they had to use layers and spacers, levers and linkages and paper folds to create 3 different pages of their own pop up book.  They had great fun working out how to reinforce their mechanisms so that the motion was fluid and strong. 

Mr Gough's class even managed to go and show KS1 their books, this added real gravitas to the creation of the book for a purpose.

Spring 2022 - Year 3

In Year 3 the children were learning about the features of a castle, designing their own and deciding on what features to include in it, including facades and draw bridges.  They learnt how to make their structure strong and stable.

Spring 2022 - Year 1

This half term the children learned how to join fabrics together.  They made a puppet from their favorite story using a template and stencil, different joining techniques and decorated it to make it unique and fit for purpose. 

Autumn 2021 - Year 1

This half term the children designed a Windmill.  They learnt how to make a structure strong and what an axle and turbine is.

Autumn 2021 - Year 3

After looking at several Christmas stockings and deciding on their success criteria, the children made and evaluated their very own.  They are amazing and would look lovely on any mantle.

Autumn 2021 - Year 5 and 6

After doing several tastes tests the Year 5 and 6s designed and made their own Greek flatbreads.  Delicious. 

Autumn 2021 - Year 4

Year 4 planned, designed, made and evaluated a levers and linkages festive card.

Autumn 2021 - Year 2

Year 2 planned, designed and made a vehicle for a range of purposes - carrying people, animals and objects.

Summer 2021

Years 3 and 4 made fruit kebabs and enjoyed tasting what they would be putting on them!

Year 5 made light up cards for Father's Day.  We used copper tape, an LED and a coin battery to complete our simple circuits.  Where were a great success and the men in our community thought they were brilliant!

Spring 2021:

Year 6 have been combining fabrics to make a class patchwork display - well done, they are unique and beautiful!

Year 3 and 4 have made shell structures for their project...their Easter egg boxes are amazing!

Autumn 2020:

Years 1 and 2 with their freestanding structures...

Years 3 and 4 with their electrical circuits and switches...

Year 5 and their wonderful Levers and Linkages Christmas cards...

Year 6 and their delicious Greek flat breads using seasonal ingredients...

Since September 2019 we have been really busy DESIGNING, MAKING and EVALUATING our DT projects.  Year 1 and 2 have made delicious bread which tied in with their topic of The Great Fire of London; Year 3 and 4 made fantastic, clay brooches for their Viking unit and this half term Years 5 and 6 are Making and Mending in their WWII topic.



We have also been incredibly lucky that Urban Outreach has been cooking World War II foods with Year 6.

Working alongside the Science Subject Leader there are 2 clubs that are running each year for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).  We are using some fantastic resources which are engaging, challenging and fun!  In Years 5 and 6 this half term we have made Fidget Spinners, a Roller Coaster and a Steady Hand Game.  Please visit the https://stemkitsforschools.com/ for additional information. 

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