GLF Schools

GLF Schools

GLF Schools was founded in 2012 in order to enable the federation of Glyn School (an academy in 2011) and Danetree Junior School. Together, we began our journey to become a MAT of more than 1000 talented staff working with over 10,000 children in 40 schools across 5 regions in southern England.

Design & Technology

Patrick Pritchett
DT Subject Leader

"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."

Steve Jobs

The study of Design and Technology draws on a number of related subjects and encourages children to use creativity and imagination to solve meaningful problems. 

DT Programmes of Study (KS1 & KS2)

Progression in Knowledge and Skills for Personal Development at Floreat Montague Park


In Early Years, the skills and knowledge linking to the Design and Technology curriculum are encompassed within the ‘Understanding of the World’ and ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ aspects of the Early Years Framework. During the children’s child-initiated learning time, they have the opportunity to explore resources that will begin to support them to Design, Make and Evaluate their work. Resources that may facilitate this exploration include, junk modelling, Mobilo, Lego, sellotape, glue, hole punches and large construction resources. Alongside this, the children engage in Design and Technology based study focuses throughout the year that will be revisited each year as they progress through the school.  

In Key Stage 1, the children engage in a variety of study focuses that begin to embed the foundational skills and knowledge to support the Design, Make and Evaluate process. To facilitate the children’s understanding and development of these key skills, the children focus on evaluating existing products, generating ideas and designing their own product and selecting appropriate materials with some support. During the Autumn term, the children focus particularly on Textiles and within this, begin to describe textiles and embed sewing skills. As the children progress through the Key Stage, they begin to apply their skills and knowledge more independently and learn how to use mechanisms in preparation for Key Stage 2. 

In Lower Key Stage 2, children take an active role in the research process and continue to Evaluate existing products as the first step to the Design process. The children develop their ability to critically analyse their designs through annotated descriptions and continue to select appropriate materials considering a wide range of factors. For example, functional properties and aesthetic qualities. Building on their learning within Key Stage 1, the children have the opportunity to apply their exploration of mechanisms to now incorporate gears as part of their designing and making process as well as become more skilled in manipulating textiles through sewing skills and joining fabrics. 

In Upper Key Stage 2, children have opportunities to draw upon the knowledge and skills that they have built upon throughout their time at Floreat Montague Park to create more intricate and sophisticated models. Beginning with the design process, the children draw upon existing designs and products to generate their own ideas using a computer based approach in some aspects of their curriculum study. Cross-Curricular links are  made with Science as the children continue to apply their knowledge of electrical systems within their products as well as developing their Computing skills during the Design, Make and Evaluate process. The children are challenged further to encompass their developed sewing skills that build upon the stitches that they have practised as the children have progressed through the school. 

Cooking and Nutrition 

Throughout the year at Floreat Montague Park, the children have enriching opportunities to practice and apply their Cooking and Nutrition skills and knowledge. The children make meaningful links between their Cooking and Nutrition skills by taking part in tasks that relate to our curriculum focus days as well as tasks that link directly to classroom learning focuses. Examples of our curriculum focus day challenges may include, creating pumpkin soup, tasting Chinese New Year recipes and being part of the potato growing, harvesting and cooking process. To conclude our curriculum focus days, the children often engage in whole school competitions which allows them the opportunity to showcase their skills and knowledge as well as compare their work to that of their peers. 

Design Technology Progression Document - EYFS to Year 6