St Gerard's Catholic Primary School
St Gerard's Catholic Primary School

Design and Technology


Design and technology helps to prepare children for the developing world. It is our intent for the children to become creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team.

Our aim is for the children to use their imagination and creativity to design and make a range of products, drawing on their mathematics, science, computing, and art knowledge.

In food technology lessons children will be given the opportunity to cook, understand the importance of nutrition and healthy eating as well as acquiring important life skills.


At St Gerard’s we follow ‘Kapow Primary’ scheme of work. Kapow Primary supports the national curriculum expectations and is designed to show development and progression of skills across the key stages. Although we use the Kapow scheme, staff are expected to plan their DT lessons and ensure there is clear progression evidenced.

Children will be given opportunities to work within the three principal areas of development.

  • Investigative, disassembly and evaluative activities
  • Focused Practical tasks
  • Design and make assignments

The Key areas of learning focused upon through Kapow Primary are:

  • Mechanisms
  • Electrical systems
  • Cooking
  • Textiles
  • Digital world
  • Nutrition

Through these key areas the children have opportunities to create, explore, apply and problem solve.

Each unit of lessons includes teaching aids and visual instruction for pupils, to support both the teaching of skills and techniques, as well as pupils learning. Using Kapow, we aim to deliver lessons of a high standard and ensure pupil progression.

* Our Curriculum Overview (below) shows which of our units cover each of the National curriculum attainment targets as well as each of the strands.

* Our Progression of Skills (below) shows the skills that are taught within each year group and how these skills develop to ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the end of each key stage.

* will be revised Sept 2022

Curriculum Skills Progression


After the implementation of Kapow Primary’s DT scheme, pupils should leave primary school equipped with a range of techniques and the confidence and creativity to form a solid foundation for further learning at Key Stage 3 and beyond.

The expected impact is that children will:

  • Understand purpose in design and making.
  • Develop imaginative thinking.
  • Talk about the mechanics of objects/products and model their ideas.
  • Develop problem solving skills.
  • Develop, refine, and apply skills.
  • Be able think critically about their own and others work.