Design & Technology

Subject Key Objective Progression & Development by Year Groups

The following is a guide to help you understand your child’s progression through school.

All lessons are differentiated. This means teachers plan activities that enable the objective to be learned by all children including those who will find the objective challenging, those children who with hard work will secure good progress and those children who can tackle extra stretch and challenge in this subject.

Design & Technology – Textiles – Primary Curriculum

Textiles – Foundation stage:

Children learn how to weave with a range of different fabrics.

Textiles – Year 1:

Children learn how to sew and join fabrics using a running stitch.




Textiles – Year 2:

Children learn how to cut  out shapes which have been created by drawing round a template onto the fabric. Children  begin to sew using a range of basic stitches.

Textiles – Year 3:

Children are able to join fabrics using a range of stitches with increasing independence. They learn how to add further decoration to their work using buttons , beads, sequins etc


Running Stitch

Cross Stitch

Textiles – Year 4:

Children are able to use a pattern and are introduced to making a prototype of a product. Sewing skills are becoming more accurate.

Textiles – Year 5:

Children can create  products using pattern pieces and demonstrate an awareness of seam allowance. They are taught how to blanket stitch.




Textiles – Year 6:

Children can pin and tack fabric pieces together. They can join fabrics  by over sewing,  back stitch, blanket stitch and are introduced to machine sewing. Children are able to make quality products with increasing accuracy and independence.

Textiles – Mastery:

Children are able to make quality products,  evidencing a range of textile skills of a particularly high standard.

Seam Allowance

Blanket Stitch


This collection of short films and resources will help you understand your child’s progression through school.

The curriculum film resource has been broken down by subject area initially and then by topic area.