Welcome back to Term Five

Design and Technology

Design and Technology Subject Leader: Miss J Apsey

For any more information on Horton Kirby’s Design and Technology Curriculum, please contact the office.

Design & Technology prepares pupils to deal with the ever-changing world. We aim to combine practical skills with knowledge and understanding; to provide opportunities for children to develop their capability through a variety of life skills including cooking, nutrition, design and making. 


Design and Technology provides our children with a real life context for learning. At Horton Kirby we encourage our children to aspire to be more through creating opportunities for them in the wider world. Our Design and Technology curriculum provides opportunities for the children to think of themselves as, and become, designers, engineers and producers of purposeful products that will be used in real-life contexts.

The Design and Technology curriculum is structured into five key concepts:

  • Designing
  • Making
  • Evaluating
  • Technical Knowledge
  • Cooking and nutrition
two pupils in key stage 1 colouring in their sock puppets in a DT lesson at horton kirby primary school
pupil cutting carrots in their food/DT lesson at horton kirby primary school


Horton Kirby’s DT curriculum follows the design, make and evaluate cycle. The design process is rooted in real-life, relevant contexts to give meaning to learning with the children undertaking research, creating drawings, templates and mock-ups. While making, our children are given choices and a range of tools to choose freely from. To evaluate, our children are able to evaluate their own products against design criteria to help make improvements to their work. Our children are encouraged to become innovators and risk takers, building up their resilience. Each of these steps is rooted in technical knowledge and vocabulary.


Our learners develop detailed knowledge and a breadth of skills across the DT curriculum, with their skills built upon each year of they, move through the school. Key concepts are revisited and developed to ensure the knowledge and skills are firmly embedded within the long-term memory. Our children are confident in creating their own work and can comment on the work of others. Our children take pride in their work and enjoy talking about what they have created.

pupil writing in a DT workbook with their sock puppet at horton kirby primary school

Design and Technology in Each Stage

In KS1, pupils learn how to draw on their own experience to generate ideas through discussions, observations, drawings and modellings. Pupils are given the opportunity to work with tools, equipment, materials and food to make quality products.

Click the link below to view our Year 1-2 long-term plan:

Progression of Skills in Years 1 and 2

girl sticking feathers to a sock puppet in a dt class at horton kirby primary school

In KS2, pupils develop from their skills learnt in KS1 and enhance and refine their practical skills with advanced resources and components to ensure good-quality finishes to products.

Click the link below to view our year 3-4 and year 5-6 long-term plans:

Progression of Skills in Years 3 and 4

Progression of Skills in Years 5 and 6

two pupils cooking in DT making a pizza at horton kirby primary school

Design and Technology Progression

At Horton Kirby, we develop our pupil’s Design and Technology understanding through essential skills; growing their depth of knowledge year on year.

Long Term Plan (Year 5 and 6)


SEND Information

Our SEND and disadvantaged pupils are given the necessary support in class to fully access the supported DT curriculum. Learning is adapted where necessary to support SEND/EAL pupils to give equal opportunities for all to be confident in approaching any problems faced. Interventions, support and challenges are constantly revised and adapted to ensure all children are supported in achieving learning. The above areas are robustly and continuously monitored to ensure any gaps in learning are addressed.

Design and Technology Extra Resources

For remote learning, please visit our remote learning page or contact our Head of DT for more information.