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Design and Technology

Welcome to our Design and Technology page.

Here is our Design and Technology rationale and curriculum Progression map:


Design and technology, like science, helps children to make sense of the world in which they live and the fact that it is all around them in the form of buildings, structures, shapes and materials. The three main elements of design and technology in our school are: Refining and Improving Ideas; Increasing Skill, Dexterity and Accuracy in Using Tools, Equipment and Materials and The Ability to Reflect on and Evaluate the Effectiveness of Products. We also study the importance of Health and Safety, especially when using tools. 




Broadly speaking, the six main strands in this subject are: CONSTRUCTION, MOULDABLE MATERIALS, MECHANISMS, TEXTILES, COOKING and NUTRITION and MATERIALS. Each of these strands has a theme or question to be explored and investigate.  It can be a wonderful 'tool' for weaving subjects together and bringing learning alive!


From our earliest pupils, we develop pupils' technical knowledge through building structures and exploring how different mechanisms work. Pupils also start learning to cook food and investigate nutrition. In addition, they start to learn the basic principles of healthy eating and understand where an increasing range  of food comes from.


In Key Stage Two, children build and expand on the technical knowledge they acquire and use a range of mechanical systems in their products, including electrical devices and components. In Upper Key Stage Two, computing is also used to program, monitor and control their products. Children also learn to refine a range of cooking techniques and learn in more depth about the principles and importance of a varied and balanced diet. Furthermore, children examine seasonality as well as explore how ingredients are sourced, grown, reared, caught and processed.


Priestsic Primary and Nursery School strives to equip children with the design, making and evaluative skills to understand our modern and fast-changing world and have a positive future impact on it through becoming creative and versatile thinkers!


Our Design and Technology skills in F2

Year 1 had fun designing, creating, testing and evaluating their moving vehicles as part of their DT project.

Spring Year 5

Year 5 have been creating Anglo Saxon houses. 

Year 1 have been investigating vehicles as part of their DT Learning Challenge Curriculum. They then designed, built, tested and evaluated their vehicles. It was lots of fun!