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Design Technology

At Kingsthorne our aim is for the children to learn about the equipment that they will be using and how to use it safely. They will plan, design and make products and be able to evaluate their work to reflect what went well and how to improve on it further.

Early Years.
By the end of Foundation the children are expected to:

  • Have explored a variety of materials, tools and techniques.
  • Use what they have learnt about media and materials in their own work.


Key Stage 1.
Children in Key Stage 1 design, make and evaluate products linked to their topics. Children learn how to evaluate their ideas and reflect on the final product. During their time in Key Stage 1, children will produce free standing structures, moving vehicles, a pouch (sewing) and will learn about cooking and nutrition and making simple recipes.

Key Stage 2.
In Key Stage 2 children become more independent and will research and develop a design to create a product. They experiment using a range of tools before choosing a technique and planning their work. They evaluate and reflect on what they have made. New technical knowledge is taught throughout, Key Stage 2, which builds on Key Stage 2 understanding.


Children cook on a regular basis, learning about nutrition, safety and personal hygiene. They learn and practice a range of skills and techniques such as slicing, grating, chopping and dicing, to name just a few. Recipes range from fruit smoothies and soups to homemade bread and meat/vegetarian pizza. Children also have the opportunity to take recipes home to share with their families.


During Key Stage 2 children produce 3D textile products, toys with levers and linkages, free standing Pavillion structures, electronic greeting cards and frame structures.