Amesbury CE Primary School

Design & Technology



The intent of our D&T curriculum is to provide a curriculum, which is accessible to all and will maximise the development of every child’s ability and imagination. We deliver lessons that are engaging and show good progression in planning, creating and evaluating.

In D&T we want our children to explore how things work and different ways of making things, including: cooking, textiles, clay and wood work. We plan to ensure that children are immersed in these different elements of D&T and develop an understanding and appreciation for the subject.

Throughout their time at Amesbury Primary, they will develop their D&T skills whilst building their confidence and enjoyment to reach their full potential. Hence, preparing them for their next phase of education.

Alongside everything we do, we continually embed our values of: kindness, dignity and endurance into the teaching of DT.


The teaching and implementation of the DT Curriculum at Amesbury Primary School is based on the National Curriculum and linked to topics to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject.

The children are taught either taught DT weekly by the class teacher or they will have an entire day dedicated towards a DT project.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:

  • Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials.
  • Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.
  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas.
  • Explore colour and use this for a particular purpose.
  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately.
  • Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary.

Key stage 1

Pupils are taught:

  1.  To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  2.  To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
  3.  To develop a wide range of design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
  4.  About the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.    

Key stage 2

Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of craft and design.

Pupils are taught:

  1.  To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.
  2.  To improve their mastery of design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay].
  3.  About great artists, architects and designers in history.


Curriculum Impact

  • DT learning is loved by teachers and pupils across school.
  • Children are always keen to learn new skills and work hard to perfect those shown to them.
  • Teachers have high expectations and quality evidence can be presented in a variety of ways.
  • The children’s designs are very often cross-curricular, which helps them to express feelings and emotions in DT, as well as show their knowledge and understanding in humanities.
  • All children use technical vocabulary accurately and pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified.
  • Children will become more confident in analysing their work and giving their opinion on their own and other works of art.
  • Children show competences in improving their resilience and perseverance by continually evaluating and improving their work.
  • Classroom displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and this is also demonstrated by creative outcomes across the wider curriculum.
  • The school environment also celebrates children’s achievements in art and demonstrates the subject’s high status in the school, with outcomes, including sculptures, enhancing the outdoor as well as indoor environment.

Ongoing assessments take place by the class teachers who uses this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. Attainment outcomes in DT are communicated with parents through end of year reports in July.

Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked termly. Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the reception year.


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