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Design and Technology

 At Netherthorpe Primary School, we have designed our Design and Technology (D&T) curriculum with the aim that our children will gain a practical understanding of the world around them, and become resiliant, independent and creative thinkers, who will have the confidence to use, and build on their learning outside the classroom.


We will deliver a curriculum that arches across the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, through to the Key Stage 1 (KS1)and Key Stage 2 (KS2) National Curriculum and help to prepare children for their onward journies.

We will:

  • Create a fun, enjoyable and engaging curriculum, providing memorable learning experiences.
  • Facilitate creative learning that provides the opportunity for the development of higher order skills.
  • Allow children to develop functional and appealing products, that are aimed at particular individuals or groups and are fit for purpose.
  • Promote analytical thinking, identifying the features, problems and solutions of products.
  • Will challenge children to research information, think for themselves, give reasoned answers, work independently, be enterprising, develop resilience and good attitudes to learning.
  • Build on prior learning and promote progression of skills.
  • Allow children to consider the views of others, evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria.


At Netherthorpe Primary School, we follow the Chris Quigley progresson of skills based learning objectives, which we have adapted to suit the needs of our children. 

The teaching and learning of the D&T curriculum:

  • EYFS children will enhance the 'Expressive Arts and Design' skills and their confidence and enjoyment, through 'making' activities, woven into their daily learning experiences.
  • KS1 and KS2, will follow a blocked curriculum map, detailing potential D&T activities, allowing for appropriate progress and consideration of skills.
  • The curriculum will involve fun and engaging cross curricular learning.


The D&T curriculum will:

  • Provide opportunities for all children to collaborate and understand each other's perspectives.
  • Create an enjoyable, engaging and challenging outlet for children who may find traditional subjects more challenging.
  • Give children an insight into how everyday products can be created.
  • Set a firm foundation of subject skills, to help create a smooth transition to Key Stage 3.
  • Introduce children to the types of careers that incorporate D&T and inspire them to realise their potential.



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Contact the School

Netherthorpe Primary school

Netherthorpe Street
Sheffield, S3 7JA

Main Contact: Elizabeth Gray - Head Teacher

Tel: 0114 272 6834

SEN Contact: Laura hammond

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