Design and Technology


"High- quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation." (The National Curriculum)

At BHCPS, we intend Design and Technology to be creative and practical and provide children with the chance to problem solve and develop their own creative ideas - as individuals and as part of a team. We aim to provide our children with the opportunity to use their imagination to design and make products within a variety of contexts, in order to provide motivation and meaning to their learning. Children will become adept at testing their ideas and then critiquing and evaluating both their own products and the work of others. Through these hands-on, practical and reflective experiences, we create a path for children to leave Year 6 with the DT knowledge and skills to inspire them to be chefs, engineers, sculptors, carpenters, designers and architects - or whatever else they feel inspired and equipped to persue. 


Our curriculum offers a range of varied and exciting units that solve real and relevant problems. Through these units, children learn and apply technical skills pertaining to structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food. Teachers in each year group are able to see what skills and knowledge have been taught previously, allowing them to pitch learning and tasks at the most appropriate and enticing level for children. There is a clear and coherent progression of the DT skills taught at BHCPS, beginning as a child starts their journey at the school and continuing to progress until they leave in Year 6. 


Our vision is for children to enjoy a love of Design & Technology and to develop their creative, designing and making skills, as well as their evaluative nous when it comes to the analysing and critiquing stage of the process. The joy of DT at BHCPS is clear for all to see as children's work is proudly displayed around the school. At the end of each unit taught, teachers assess how successful the unit has been. This includes a focus on the extent to which each child was able to develop and show the different skills required, what went well with the teaching and resources used, and what would be done differently in future by the teacher. These assessments are written, logged and shared with all staff which allows everyone to see how DT has been progressing throughout the school. As these assessments inform future teaching and learning, they maximise impact and ensure DT at BHCPS is improving over time and always able to adapt to benefit children in a calculated, measured and informed way.    

Curriculum Overview

Structures Skills Progression

Textiles Skills Progression

Mechanisms Skills Progression

Food Skills Progression

Electrical Systems Skills Progression

EYFS - Progression in Malleable Skills - Linked to D & T

EYFS - Progression in Creative Play

EYFS - Progression in Printing Skills

EYFS - Progression in Drawing


Here are Year 6's incredible Diagon Alley shops - joined together to turn the Year 6 corridor into a real, walkthrough Diagon Alley! Walking into Year 6 has never felt so magical....