Clowne Infant & Nursery School

‘We take our children on a journey of discovery, giving them aspirations and engaging them in lifelong learning’


Design & Technology

Design and Technology

‘’Knowing is NOT the most important thing. To be able to FIND OUT is more important than knowing.’’

Sugata Mitra

Early Years Foundation Stage

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

  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas

  • Use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about form, function and purpose

  • Make plans and construct with a purpose in mind using a variety of resources

  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques appropriately, effectively and safely

  • Select appropriate resources for a product and adapt their work where necessary

  • Cook and prepare food adhering to good health and hygiene routines


National Curriculum requirements at Key Stage 1

When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:


  • design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria

  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology


  • select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks, (or example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing)

  • select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics


  • explore and evaluate a range of existing products

  • evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

Technical knowledge

  • build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable

  • explore and use mechanisms, (for example levers, sliders, wheels and axles), in their products
  • explore and use textiles and understand how items can be made


National Curriculum requirements for food and Nutrition at KS1

As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. 

Pupils should be taught to:

• use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes 

• understand where food comes from. 

Look at what we have been doing in Reception....