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Design and Technology – EYFS

During their time in reception, the children will learn to explore and use a range of different media and materials. 

All pupils will:

  • Enjoy joining in with dancing and ring games.
  • Sings a few familiar songs.
  • Beginning to move rhythmically.
  • Imitates movement in response to music.
  • Taps out simple repeated rhythms.
  • Explores and learns how sounds can be changed.
  • Explores colour and how colours can be changed.
  • Understands that they can use lines to enclose a space, and
  • then begin to use these shapes to represent objects.
  • Beginning to be interested in and describe the texture of
  • things.
  • Uses various construction materials.
  • Beginning to construct, stacking blocks vertically and
  • horizontally, making enclosures and creating spaces.
  • Joins construction pieces together to build and balance.
  • Realises tools can be used for a purpose.
  • Begins to build a repertoire of songs and dances.
  • Explores the different sounds of instruments.
  • Explores what happens when they mix colours.
  • Experiments to create different textures.
  • Understands that different media can be combined to create
  • new effects.
  • Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect.
  • Constructs with a purpose in mind, using a variety of
  • resources.
  • Uses simple tools and techniques competently and
  • appropriately.
  • Selects appropriate resources and adapts work where
  • necessary.
  • Selects tools and techniques needed to shape, assemble and
  • join materials they are using.

Early Learning Goal:

Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.


Do you want to be friends?

  • Develop knowledge of colour by experimenting with mixing and making their own decisions about how media and materials can be combined and changed. 
  • Making music by creating simple repeated rhythms and exploring the different sounds of instruments to make their own music. 
  • Children play cooperatively as part of a group to develop and act out a narrative, engaging in imaginative role play based on first hand experiences using media and materials in original ways. 
  • Use movement and gesture to express and respond to feelings.

Why do squirrels hide their nuts?

  • Children should be aware of similarities and differences in relation to materials.
  • Understand that different media can be combined to create new effects. Use a variety of materials and techniques, especially those of interest. 
  • Children develop sewing skills using a range of different textures and resources, e.g. dried fruit and wool etc. Children find out about how media and materials can be combined and changed, whilst safely using a variety of tools.
  • Using clay to enable the children to explore the material, incorporating gross and fine motor skills.

What happens when I fall asleep?

  • Different material resources to be available for children to explore, e.g socks, gloves, wadding, cotton wool, bubble wrap, buttons, felt etc. Children will find out about different materials, using a variety of techniques. 
  • Children will sing songs and experiment with ways of dancing and making music. 
  • Children will explore a range of craft materials. 
  • Children will represent their own ideas and thoughts about what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways through design and technology.

Are we there yet?

  • Develop knowledge of the environment we live in and say how places are the same or different. Children will look closely at similarities, patterns and change, using sight, sound and sensation senses.
  • No specific DT lesson for this project.

Who lives in a rock pool?

  • Seashells will be handled and observed by children so they can explore a range of different textures and smells. Other resources such as dried starfish and seahorses will be available for the children. 
  • Children will use a range of different resources to decorate and paint e.g. flat white seashells. Pattern making will be encouraged and modelled by teachers.
  • Seaside resources – pebbles, stones, sand etc – children able to explore these and gain a deeper level of knowledge and understanding about different environments and the variety of objects you may find there.