Design & Technology Learning at Batchley First School

Our DT curriculum is designed to inform how we plan for children to grow their knowledge year by year and for us to assess how well they are improving.

Progression is a cumulative experience of developing substantive knowledge (the “know what”), whilst using and applying disciplinary and procedural knowledge (the “know how to”) gained and made secure by repeated practice in different contexts.

Learning is further embedded by the application of, and the developing forward from, what has previously been learned and remembered into new concepts and contexts, whilst also revisiting key concepts (such as structures or food) previously studied. Vertical progression in each discipline has been deliberately woven into the fabric of the curriculum so that pupils revisit key disciplines throughout their Primary journey at increasing degrees of challenge and complexity.

An overview of what we strive to achieve can be found below.


Our Batchley Designers, Engineers, Crafters and Chefs…

Are enthused and engaged by designing and making and have knowledge of some careers where their knowledge could be used

Understand how other designers have helped shape the world

Are innovative

Balance functionality with aesthetics

Select and use tools, materials and equipment appropriately for the job

Use equipment and tools safely and accurately

Evaluate critically as part of their design process, not merely at the end of it

Take and adapt the best of existing products that match the design briefs they are working on

Develop a love for cooking

Gain a sense of nutritional values

Have knowledge of where their food comes from



DT knowledge progression 2022