Design Technology


At Camps Hill, DT is taught consistently and progressively across the school, with a focus on using and applying skills and knowledge first-hand.

Children are given opportunities to develop and draw upon a range of skills and technical knowledge to design, make and evaluate products that solve real and relevant problems within a range of meaningful contexts.


  • The ‘DT Progression Document’ has been designed to ensure that children receive a balanced and progressive education in DT throughout their time in EYFS, KS1 and KS2.
  • In Early Years, this is based on the Early Learning Goals in the EYFS statutory framework and Development Matters, with a key focus on Physical Development, and Expressive Arts and Design. 
  • In KS1 and KS2, teaching is focussed on the ‘Design, Make and Evaluate’ cycle outlined in the National Curriculum, through which they will also acquire a broad range of technical knowledge and vocabulary.
  • To ensure that children are aware of, and understand, the skills required to meet a given DT objective, a key stage specific Skills Wheel is displayed and discussed prior to each lesson.
  • Through Christmas Decorations Day and various WOW events, children are given further opportunities to enjoy, explore, develop and apply their DT skills across different contexts.

How we measure impact:

At the end of each unit, Teachers make judgements about how confidently pupils have applied their skills and retained knowledge. Teachers then use these judgements at the end of the academic year to record whether or not a pupil is working towards, at or beyond the age expectations. These are recorded on our school assessment system. 

Where pupils are exceptional, opportunities to work on individual projects with the site manager or on whole school ones, are arranged. 

Skills Wheels





Progression Map


Skills Wheels: