Progressing to be an engineer

This page is an interactive version of SEERIH’s Engineering Frameworks. These frameworks present a progression in learning for engineering in KS 1 and 2 and include objectives from the Design and Technology National Curriculum. A progression of Engineering Habits of Mind (EHoM) statements, either taken from existing literature or developed within SEERIH, is also included.

Choose a Key Stage:

To use this framework first select the key stage above, then select the stage of the Engineering Design Process below. To the right will appear firstly a set of objectives for relevant tasks and secondly the EHoM objectives. Corresponding case studies of classroom lesson ideas will follow soon.


What's the task about?

  • Explore and evaluate a range of existing products (DT 2014 NC)
  • Define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool. (NGSS)
  • Identify up to 3 criteria for success (EIE)

What engineering habits of mind will the pupils develop?

Problem finding:

Ask questions based on observations to find more information about the world. (NGSS - edited SEERIH)


System thinking:

Identify how an object or tool might breakdown into parts (SEERIH)


Creative problem solving:

Generate multiple solutions to a design problem (Mass. STE)


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