Cottons Farm Academy

Cottons Farm Academy

Design Technology


  • At Cottons Farm  we use the National Curriculum as the basis for its curriculum planning in design and technology.
  • We carry out the curriculum planning in design and technology in two phases: medium term and short term. Medium term planning is organised by individual class teachers. These plans identify learning objectives and outcomes for each topic.
  • Each year group has an overview of the aspects of Design Technology to be taught.
  • Blocked units of work are planned which provide quality skill delivery and focused practical work leading to application within a relevant real life context.

Curriculum Guide

The Foundation Stage

We encourage the development of skills, knowledge and understanding that help nursery and reception children make sense of their world as an integral part of the school’s work. As the reception classes are part of the Foundation Stage, we relate the development of the children’s knowledge and understanding of the world to the objectives set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage document. These underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five. This learning forms the foundations for later work in design and technology. These early experiences include asking questions about how things work, investigating and using a variety of construction kits, materials, tools and products, developing making skills and handling appropriate tools and construction materials safely and with increasing control.

We provide a range of experiences that encourage exploration, observation, problem solving, critical thinking and discussion. These activities, indoors and outdoors, attract the children’s interest and curiosity.

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