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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: STRUCTURES,  ELECTRICALS AND ELECTRONICS, MECHANICS, 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!


Design and Technology continuous provision.

From Nursery to Year 2, DT is focused through the continuous provision we offer in the classroom for all children. The areas are specifically set up to focus on the new EYFS curriculum and the National Curriculum for the Key stage 1 children.

Cooking and Nutrition

Here at Priestsic Primary we hosted a health and well-being week for all the children. This week highlighted the importance of healthy eating and preparing food in a safe and healthy way. Every child got the opportunity to celebrate healthy eating and making a meal or snack themselves! Children loved this and couldn't wait to eat what they had made.

As part of our D&T work in Year 5, we have been designing, and creating wooden toys using a cam mechanism. We created our own design brief and specification, and then worked together to make a prototype frame, deciding which type of join to use, and then made the real thing. 

Design and technology through blended learning

Year 2- Designing bags for King Charles

Design and Technology Home Learning in F2

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

Year 4 - Savoury Meal 

In Year 4, we had lots of fun with our food project. We researched vegetables that are in season now, created a design criteria for our dish and designed our dish using the eat well plate. We made a delicious salad for our savoury meal using vegetables and a carbohydrate. It was very yummy and we had lots of fun! 

Easter Cards - Sliders

Year 4 made some adorable Easter cards to take home using their learning all about sliders. We made 2 outputs with one input. 

Spring Year 5

Year 5 have been creating Anglo Saxon houses.