Design and Technology

Subject Lead - Mrs Thacker 

Go to our 'art' page to find out more about our DT leader. 

Subject vision:

At Cooper and Jordan Primary, design and technology (DT) is a practical subject. Pupils use their creativity and imagination to design products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Pupils are taught how to work as a team and solve problems collaboratively. They draw on their knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art and apply a wide range of subject knowledge. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of how it fits into their daily life and their future job aspirations. They develop a wide range of cooking skills throughout their time at our school. This is all developed through our scheme of work called Kapow.


At Cooper and Jordan Primary, we aim to provide a design and technology curriculum that is creative, inclusive, challenging and inspired by the real-world. It inspires future thinkers, innovators and problem solvers in an immersive environment that stimulates curiosity and supports high-quality learning, allowing every learner to fulfil their potential. The design and technology aims are set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and National Curriculum 2014.


In the Early Years Foundation Stage, we teach design and technology through the Understanding the World and Expressive Art strands of the Early Years Framework.

Ongoing experiences and opportunities linking to children’s developing understanding of the world, are planned from the objectives set out in the Early Years Framework. These underpin the curriculum planning for children aged 3-5 at Cooper and Jordan Primary School.

The experiences that we provide ensure that children develop a secure understanding of the world around them. By the end of the Reception year, they will be able to:

  • Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
  • Share their creations, explaining the process they have used;

 KS1 and KS2:

The Primary National Curriculum for design and technology 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 and understanding 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.

Formative Assessment (AFL)

During the teaching of each National Curriculum unit of learning in Design and Technology, children’s subject knowledge and ability to work creatively is assessed formatively by their class teacher. Teachers will consider the design and technology objectives covered during each lesson, or lessons, and also the final piece. The teachers will use these judgements to inform their future teaching and expectations of the children.  The evidence provided is in the form of drawings, knowledge snapshots, explanations, peer and self assessment, evaluation grids, labelling and comparisons.

Educational visits and Enrichment

At Cooper and Jordan Primary School, we place great emphasis on the importance of educational visits and visitors to enhance the teaching and learning of design and technology. These visits and visitors, which provide valuable opportunities for learning through first-hand experience, are therefore an integral part of the curriculum and allow our children to make valuable connections between what they have learned in class and their first-hand experiences in the real-world.