Diss Infant Academy and Nursery

Diss Infant
Academy and Nursery

Design And Technology


Design and Technology gives our children many opportunities to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making a range of different and functional products. We follow the National Curriculum and the children have opportunities to learn about a range of topics including design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials including food. 

Design and Technology in the Early Years 


Using tools in the Nursery to mix, stir and chop. 

In the EYFS (Nursery and Reception classes)  we believe that it is important that children engage regularly with DT learning and have the opportunity to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. For this reason, we use a Workshop style approach in these classes where areas are zoned to create permanent spaces for children to engage in DT activities. There are separate areas such as the Creative Zone, Painting Zone, Workshop Zone and Drawing/Writing Zone which have resources freely available from which children can make independent choices, make models and artefacts. 


Designing, cutting and making a hat in Reception.         

 Finding a suitable fixing to join paper to make a hat. 


Making a nest box to store dinosaur eggs. Fixing a hinge and a handle to carry the nest box. 

Our thematic planning ensures that children have a range of opportunities to explore food and make healthy food products using a range of different ingredients and skills. Links are made across other areas of learning such as Literacy (reading recipes) and PD (chopping vegetables)  

Design and Technology in Key Stage 1 and 2

Throughout the rest of our school we follow a cyclical scheme of work, supported by resources from the Design and Technology Association. 

It has been matched to the National Curriculum requirements and comprises three termly units of work for each year group from Year 1 to Year 6. These units of work are based on the ideas and experience of Mechanisms, Food, Textiles, Structures and Electrical Systems

Suitable learning challenges are set for each unit of work and the scheme ensures a progression and continuity of learning experiences from Year 1 to Year 6. Knowledge, skills and understanding are extended each year through the breadth of content. This depth of knowledge and understanding increases and focuses on improving the quality of responses and outcomes. For example, the Mechanisms unit of work in Year 1 deals with wheels and axles; Mechanisms in Year 2 covers sliders and levers; Mechanisms in Year 3 covers levers and linkage and Mechanisms in Year 5 covers cams. 

In KS1 and 2 DT is taught by individual class teachers. 

  Working with wheels and axles in Year 1 

Learning about mechanisms, sliders and levers in Year 2 

 See below for our yearly Design and Technology planning