Naphill and Walters Ash School




At Naphill and Walters Ash School we intend to develop DT into the inspiring, rigorous and practical subject it is.  Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values

Through our core values, the 5Rs, children will further develop their DT skills.

Responsible – Children will understand how to use resources, tools and equipment appropriately, with care and consideration for themselves and others.

Reasoning – A critical skill in DT; the ability to think through a problem, as specified in the design brief and explore solutions and to explain their thinking to others.

Resilient– The first attempt of a project may not be the final version and that’s okay. The children will show resilience as they work through different stages of design or making.

Reflective – When evaluating their work, children will use their reflective thinking skills to ensure the outcome fits the brief. They will consider if they could do anything differently.


The DT Curriculum will be implemented in a clear and comprehensive manner that meets the Early Learning Goals and explores skills set out in Development Matters it will also meet National Curriculum Objectives specified in the Programmes of Study.

Early Years Foundation Stage

During the EYFS pupils have opportunities to:

  • Explore a range of materials freely in order to develop their own ideas.
  • Develop their own ideas and then decide which materials to use to express them.
  • Choose the right resources to carry out their plan
  • Develop their fine motor skills so that they can use a range of tools competently, safely and confidently.
  • Return to and build on their previous learning, refining ideas and developing their ability to represent them.
  • Return to and build on their previous learning, refining ideas and developing their ability to represent them.
  • Create collaboratively, sharing ideas, resources and skills.

This is through a range of adult directed activities, child-initiated learning and continuous provision.

Key Stage 1 & 2

The National Curriculum Programme of study provides the basic framework for teaching and learning in Design and Technology.

 Long term planning identifies a termly focus for each year group that are linked to cross-curricular topic themes. By developing a well thought out, whole school, yearly overview of the DT curriculum we will allow for progression across year groups in all areas of DT.


Through our balanced and varied Design and

Technology curriculum, pupils will:

  • develop their knowledge, and learn the techniques and skills needed to design and make high-quality prototypes and products.
  • learn how to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products, as well as the work of others.
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn cooking skills.

We will assess pupils’ enjoyment and achievement through:

  • Book moderation (where appropriate)
  • Learning walks
  • Pupil discussion
  • Evaluation/reflection sheet for children

Teacher time sheets, detailing assessment against planned learning outcomes.