Arden Primary School

Every Child, Every Opportunity


Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement

Subject: Design and Technology





At Arden Primary School, we aim to provide our children with a broad and balanced curriculum that is relevant in our rapidly changing world. We encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Design and Technology is an inspirational, rigorous and practical subject that stimulates children to think critically and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. Our curriculum combines skills, knowledge, concepts and values to enable children to tackle real problems. It can improve analysis, problem solving, practical capability and evaluation skills. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. The children are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers. High-quality design and technology education make an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation. We believe that high-quality DT lessons will inspire children to think independently, innovatively and develop creative, procedural and technical understanding. Our DT curriculum provides children with opportunities to research, represent their ideas, explore and investigate, develop their ideas, make a product and evaluate their work. Children will be exposed to a wide range of media including textiles, food and woodwork; through this, children will develop their skills, vocabulary and resilience.




We have a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in alignment with the National Curriculum.  Whilst the EYFS and National Curriculum forms the foundation of our curriculum, we ensure that children learn additional skills, knowledge and understanding and enhance our curriculum as and when necessary. Children have access to key knowledge, language and meanings to understand Design Technology and to use these skills across the curriculum. In Design Technology, children are encouraged to solve problems and develop their learning independently. This motivates the children to have more ownership over their curriculum and lead their own learning in Design Technology. English, Maths and ICT skills are taught during discrete lessons but are revisited in Design Technology so children can apply and embed the skills they have learnt in a purposeful context.


Intended Impact


Our DT Curriculum is developing to provide well thought out lessons and topics that demonstrate progression. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Celebrating pupils work each term which demonstrates their progression across the school, evidenced in our floor book.
  • Reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes and ensuring that the Design and Technology is being followed, in line with the progression of skills.
  • Pupil discussions about their learning, which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work.
  • As designers, children will develop skills and attributes they can use beyond school and into adulthood.


Through a progress model of thematic learning, the children will revisit key concepts during each topic. These key concepts are:


Knowledge Organisers


In D.T., we use knowledge organisers to make the vocabulary, subject knowledge and curriculum expectations clear. See below for examples.