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What does it look like in EYFS?

In Early Years, Design and technology is taught through topic work throughout the curriculum. Children have opportunities to explore, create and refine ideas independently to represent items from real-word experiences or imagined ideas. In addition, they are taught skills such as joining materials, using malleable materials (e.g. dough and clay) and sewing through adult-led projects, such as making a diya lamp when learning about Diwali in the autumn; designing and making a soft toy in the Starry Night topic in the spring; and making different types of moveable characters in Puppets and Pop-Ups in the summer term. 

The projects and access to resources in continuous provision enable children to:  

  • Use and explore a variety of resources, techniques and equipment in 2D and 3D, making choices and decisions along the way. 

  • Explore colour, texture, shape and patterns. 

  • Develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. 

  • Develop mathematical language, e.g. position, size, shape, comparisons. 

  • Manipulate a range of equipment and tools. 

  • Develop their own ideas over a period of time. 

  • Use resources purposefully, expressing real life experiences. 

  • Talk through their ideas.