The Priory CofE Primary School

Design and Technology



Progression of Skills Map

What is Design and Technology?

Design and Technology is divided into two areas, design and information technologies.  Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. 

At The Priory we want our children to be problem solvers.  We want to develop their creative, technical and practical expertise.  Through our units of work, we develop the children’s knowledge and skills to evaluate, design and make products for a range of users.  We encourage the children to evaluate their work and make any necessary changes to improve it further.  At The Priory we want our children to be risk takers.  We encourage them to create interesting and exciting approaches to solve the problem they are faced with.  The children consider the impact of future technological developments, combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues evaluating present and past design and technology and its uses and effects.

I love how practical DT is.  We often get to work with other people and you can let your imagination run wild.  You have to use your mind, but it’s fun! Year 6 pupil. 

DT in the Early Years

Whilst in Nursery and Reception, children are exposed to a range of materials to design and create.  They are taught joining techniques such as using tape and glue and are encouraged to make creations.  Children also take part in regular cooking activities.

DT in KS1 and KS2

Our DT curriculum builds on previous knowledge and skills allowing the children to recap prior learning and key skills.  Each year group takes part in three DT units each year (alternating with Art each term).  They are taught in three strands - mechanics, textiles and food technology.  Years 5 and 6 also take part in Digital Systems and Electrical Systems.

“I love doing cooking at school.  You get to explore unusual combinations and see what tastes nice.” Year 4 pupil.


“When we made puppets, we got to design our own one and it was really fun!” Year 2 pupil.



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