Knayton C of E Primary Academy

Proud to be part of Elevate Multi Academy Trust

Stockton Road, Knayton, Thirsk, YO7 4AN

01845 537291

Acting Executive Headteacher: Mrs A Clay

Have courage and be kind...

Design and Technology  


Our intent for our Design and Technology approach is to allow children to thrive in our rapidly changing world by encouraging them to become independent, creative problem solvers. We want children to think as individuals and as part of a team. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. 


Our intent is for children to: 

  • Achieve their absolute potential by having the highest expectations of their learning 
  • Be confident to ask questions and extend their knowledge, and develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday
    tasks confidently: this is enabled by positive relationships and nurture 
  • Identify needs and opportunities and to respond to them by developing a range of ideas and by making products and systems
  • Reflect on and evaluate past and present products and technology, it's uses and impacts


We implement our Design and Technology curriculum through: 

  • In EYFS, we implement DT by providing children with a wide range of indoor and outdoor construction equipment, from planks and blocks to junk modelling. This provision is in place everyday to support children with developing their understanding of why they build and how to adapt it when necessary. Adult interactions support children’s knowledge and vocabulary, including skills involved with balancing, constructing, joining, assembling and fixing. 
  • Our curriculum sequence of Launch, re Launch and Landing  
  • A learning sequence of Design, Make, Evaluate  
  • Focus groups and challenges within Learning Mission time 
  • Learning Mission journeys reflect what is being taught, vocabulary, relevant diagrams, photos and knowledge organisers 
  • Learning mission books that are high quality and show a range of evidence 
  • A creative and innovative approach using a range of high quality resources 
  • The use of knowledge organisers to enable children to remember what they have been taught long term 
  • Opportunities for all children to access Greater Depth learning  


The National Curriculum provides a structure and skill development for the DT curriculum being taught. This is linked to our Learning Missions to provide a creative approach, which reflects a balanced programme of study. 


Please click here for our knowledge and skills progression documents for design & technology:




The impact of our Design and Technology approach is children design, make and evaluate purposeful products and are proud of their creations. Children’s skills are transferable across the curriculum and their knowledge used in everyday life. 

Children will have clear enjoyment and confidence in design and technology and art that they will then apply to other areas of the curriculum. As designers and artists children will develop skills and attributes they can use beyond school and into adulthood. 

Assessment is carried out through a range of formative assessments which includes: pupil conferences, book scrutiny and pupil practical tasks. Assessment then informs planning, identifying any gaps in knowledge or skills, ensuring that our children have every opportunity to develop as inquisitive designers and artists. 

In the Foundation Stage, the children’s development in Expressive Arts and Design is assessed throughout the year. Their observations, use of materials and individual expression inform teacher judgement and a holistic picture of the child’s development is celebrated.  

Here's what our children say:

"When we do D&T, it makes me think I might want to be an architect."

"I love D&T because we get to make things, evaluate them and then make them even better"

"We get to use real things like wood, saws, drills and screws. We make things that we can take home and actually use!"