Design & Technology

Design and technology at Stocksbridge Junior School


At Stocksbridge Junior School, our students learn DT through three concept areas. There are two progression points which we call milestones. Milestone 2 is entered at Year 3 and mastered during Year 4. Milestone 3 is entered at Year 5 and mastered during Year 6. These concepts and milestones will be detailed later through the Implementation section.


The intent of our curriculum is for each student to develop, demonstrate and master the following characteristics:

  • The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.
  • The ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.
  • The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.
  • A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
  • The ability to apply mathematical knowledge.
  • The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.
  • A passion for the subject and knowledge of, up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems. 



At Stocksbridge Junior School, our Design and Technology teaching is organised into three ‘Key Concepts’:

  • Master a practical skill,
  • Design, make, evaluate and improve,
  • Take inspiration from design throughout history.

Each of these concepts contains a multitude of skills which children will acquire as they progress from Year 3 to Year 6. The progression is measured through the passage through ‘Milestones’. Milestone Two introduces key concepts in Year 3, which are deepened in Year 4. Milestone 3 introduces further skills and techniques in Year 5, which are developed to a deeper level in Year 6.

A typical Design and Technology lesson at Stocksbridge Junior school will always begin with a vocabulary focus. Where the children explore key associated vocabulary before having the opportunity to work, plan and create in groups. Each year-group has five suggested projects, which are outlined in our Design and Technology Scheme of Work.




As children move through school, their knowledge and skills will develop progressively, and they will be constantly making links to prior learning. This will enable children to retain, use and build on their skills and understanding as they make the transition to secondary education. Learning is continuously assessed throughout the lesson, as part of our ongoing formative assessment process. Children will have the chance to showcase their creations and prototypes at various points through their projects.