Roman Hill Primary School

Inspiring Achievement



The Design and Technology curriculum at Roman Hill Primary School is deigned to inspire a passion for creativity in all pupils, inspiring them to be innovative and creative thinkers. Children will become confident in taking risks through drafting design concepts, modelling, and testing to be reflective learners who evaluate their own ad others work.  

Our pupils are taught design and technology through a progression of skills, using the Kapow scheme of learning, building on their previous learning and ensuring progress is made. This curriculum is sequenced to ensure that knowledge is retrieved and built upon cumulatively across year groups.  



The Design and technology national curriculum outlines the three main stages of the design process: design, make and evaluate. Each stage of the design process is underpinned by technical knowledge which encompasses the contextual, historical, and technical understanding required for each strand. Cooking and nutrition has a separate section, with a focus on specific principles, skills and techniques in food, including where food comes from, diet and seasonality.  

Our curriculum includes the following strands from the national curriculum:

  • Design 

  • Make 

  • Evaluate 

  • Technical knowledge 

  • Cooking and nutrition* 


These strands are delivered through the following units:

  • Mechanisms 

  • Structures 

  • Textiles 

  • Cooking and nutrition (Food) 

  • Electrical systems (KS2) and 

  • Digital world (KS2) 


Lessons incorporate a range of teaching strategies from independent tasks, paired and group work including practical hands-on, computer-based and inventive tasks. Vocabulary is prioritised and explicitly taught to pupils each lesson. 



For pupils with SEND the curriculum will be adapted in order to meet their individual needs. Scaffolding offers small-step support for pupils that prompts their thinking to allow them to access the next step in learning, and lessons are adapted on a pupil-by-pupil basis.



Children will understand and appreciate the value of Design & Technology in the context of their wider experiences, technological, creative and cultural industries and associated career opportunities. They will leave Roman Hill Primary School ready for their next stage in their learning as individuals who are creative, independent and able to evaluate.  


Assessment, conducted through a combination of teacher assessment, quizzing and self and peer assessment, informs next steps in learning and allows teachers to identify gaps in knowledge as appropriate before the next stage in the pupils’ learning. 


The expected impact of following the Kapow Primary Design and technology scheme of work is that children will:  

  • Understand the functional and aesthetic properties of a range of materials and resources.  

  •  Understand how to use and combine tools to carry out different processes for shaping,  

  • decorating, and manufacturing products. 

  •  Build and apply a repertoire of skills, knowledge and understanding to produce high quality, innovative outcomes, including models, prototypes, CAD, and products to fulfil the needs of users, clients, and scenarios.  

  •  Understand and apply the principles of healthy eating, diets, and recipes, including key processes, food groups and cooking equipment.  

  • Have an appreciation for key individuals, inventions, and events in history and of today that impact our world.  

  •  Recognise where our decisions can impact the wider world in terms of community, social and environmental issues.  

  • Self-evaluate and reflect on learning at different stages and identify areas to improve.  

  • Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National curriculum for Design and technology.  

  • Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National curriculum for Computing.  

What’s been happening in D&T across the school?