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Design and Technology



At The Southwater Infant Academy design and technology is inspiring, rigorous and practical. It encourages children to think creatively, solve problems and work collaboratively. We believe that children learn best when they are immersed in their learning, when they can make meaningful links between different areas of understanding. At The Southwater Infant Academy we incorporate a creative, cross curricular approach to the teaching of design and technology, linking where possible to our ‘Themed Units’. In design and technology children are required to draw upon skills previously taught in mathematics, art, science, PSHE and computing.  

Design and technology gives children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. At The Southwater Infant Academy we feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and through the exploration and evaluation of past and present design and technology. This enables children to develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.  


Our design and technology curriculum teaches children the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the interactive process of designing and making through a variety of creative and practical activities. At The Southwater Infant Academy children’s skills and knowledge are developed across four key areas: structure, mechanisms, cooking and nutrition and textiles. Each of these act as the focus for a topic. When designing and making we have four strands that run through each theme: 


  • 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. 

In the EYFS our children are provided with opportunities to explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated activities and adult directed activities. We encourage children to use different media and materials to express their own ideas and develop their ideas in original ways, thinking of form, function and purpose. We encourage children to make plans and construct with a purpose in mind using a range of resources. In the EYFS children are introduced to tools and techniques, and are provided with opportunities to develop their skills in using these appropriately, effectively and safely. At The Southwater Infant Academy our children are taught to become innovative and creative learners, selecting appropriate resources for a product and adapting their work where necessary.  

As the children progress through Key Stage One, we provide them with a variety of creative and practical activities that develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an interactive process of designing and making. Key skills and knowledge for design and technology have been mapped across the school to ensure progression throughout each year. We ensure there is a context for the children’s work linking to our ‘Themed Units’. Our children learn about real life structures and the purpose of products, then are able to design and make products with a purpose in mind and for an intended user. Cooking and nutrition is implemented across the school with children developing an understanding of where food comes from, the importance of a varied and healthy diet as well as how to safely prepare food.  

We believe that design and technology is a crucial part of children’s education and are dedicated to teaching and delivering a high quality design and technology curriculum and providing well planned and resources projects and experiences.  


At The Southwater Infant Academy our design and technology curriculum equips the children to explore, take risks, evaluate, reflect and become resourceful, innovative and capable citizens. We want our children to develop their imagination, their critical thinking and their understanding of the world around them through their love of design and technology. We aim for our children to become engaged in the world around them, to question and think innovatively in order for them to develop their own products with a purpose in mind. Our children are able to grow and develop as individuals whilst learning vital skills and being provided with opportunities to explore for themselves.  

View our Curriculum Statement