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DT Curriculum Map

School Spiral Curriculum: KAPOW DT

Our scheme of work has been designed as a spiral curriculum :

PRIOR KNOWLEDGE: Upon returning to each key area, prior knowledge is utilised so pupils can build upon previous foundations, rather than starting again.

  • CYCLICAL: Pupils return to the key areas again during their time in primary school.
  • INCREASING DEPTH: Each time a key area is revisited it is covered with greater complexity.

Whole school: Foundation Stage to National Curriculum Coverage


Understanding the World Development Matters


3-4 year olds will learn to:

Talk about the differences between materials and changes they notice

Provide opportunities to change materials from one state to another e.g. cooking, melting,

Explore floating and sinking, light, shadows and use new vocabulary linked to exploration.



Expressive Art and Design Development Matters


3-4 year olds will learn to:

Take part in simple pretend play, using an object to represent something else even thought they are not similar.

Use natural resources to represent common items the children are familiar with in the home.

Make imaginative and complex small worlds with blocks and constructions kits.

Provide lots of flexible and open ended resources for imaginative play

Explore different materials freely, in order to develop their ideas about how to use them and what to make.

Explore on different scales and surfaces large and small, natural and manmade

Develop their own ideas and then decide which materials to use to express them.

Listen, understand and support the development of their ideas

Join different materials and explore different textures.

Use crafts people and artists as role models and offer a range of ideas for children to draw on.

Create closed shapes with continuous lines and begin to use these shapes to represent objects.

Develop drawing and model making opportunities and encourage own creative ideas and talk about meaning and purpose of their creations.

Reception children will learn to:

Explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings.

Develop colour mixing techniques to enable them to match the colours they seen and want to represent.

Return to and build on their previous learning, refining ideas and developing their ability to represent them.

Provide opportunities to work together to develop and realise creative ideas.

Create collaboratively, sharing ideas, resources and skills.

Use a variety of materials to construct with, discuss what they want to make and what problems they might face as well as solutions.

Help them to reflect on their original aim.

Model different joining techniques and how to use different joining resources and tools.

Notice features in the natural world.

Define colours, shapes, texture and smells in their own words as part of discussions.

Be inspired by the work of others

Visit galleries and museums to generate inspiration and conversation about art and artists.

School Spiral Curriculum: using KAPOW DT Mixed Classes themes:

As a school we operate mixed class teaching for DT in all year groups. Our long term plans are divided into Kapow units and cross curriculum DT themes linked to other foundation subjects.

KS1 has a 2 year cycle : KS2 (Y3/4/5) have a 3 year cycle and KS2 (Y6) has a 1 year cycle.

Mellor St Mary CE Primary Mixed Classes Long term plan : Design Tech

Kapow Units

School Curriculum Links


Cycle A

Cycle B

Cycle C



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Year 3/4/5

Year 6


1/ 2

Year 3/4/5

Year 6

Year 3/4/5

Year 6


Structures: Constructing a windmill

Food: Eating seasonally (y3)

Food: Come dine with me

Food: A balanced diet

Textiles: Fastenings (y4)

Food: Come dine with me

Food: What could be healthier? (y5)


Food: Come dine with me











Wheels and Axels

Mechanical Systems: Making a slingshot car


Textiles: Waistcoats


Textiles Pouches


Mechanical systems: Pneumatic toys (y3)

Textiles: Waistcoats


Electrical systems torches (y4)


Textiles: Waistcoats



Electrical systems: Electric poster (y3)



Mechanisms: Making a moving Story book

Electrical systems: Electronic greeting cards (y5)


Digital worlds Mindful moments

Timer (y4)




Textiles: Puppets

Textiles: Cushions


Mechanical systems: Automata toys

Mechanisms Making a moving monster

Food: Adapting a recipe (y4)



Mechanical systems: Automata toys

Digital world: Monitoring devices (Y5)


Mechanical systems: Automata toys

Food: Fruit and Vegetables

Structures bridges (y5)



Structures Constructing a castle (y3)



Mechanical systems: Making a pop-up book (y5)