Design & Technology

"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works." Steve Jobs (Co-founder of Apple Inc)

At Priors Hall, all children have the opportunity to learn Design and Technology from Nursery through to Year 6. We use a variety of resources to provoke curiosity whilst supporting creativity and the children’s interests in D&T. The children follow a sequence that includes research, planning and designing, creating/making and evaluation that develops their skills throughout the year groups. The end products are proudly displayed and showcased throughout the school environment. The practical skills and purposeful projects support the acquisition of lifelong skills for all the children.

Curriculum Coverage

Below is a table illustrating the topics and skills that will be covered across all the Year Groups.

ReceptionWithin continuous provisionWithin continuous provisionWithin continuous provision
Year 1Structures: Constructing WindmillsTextiles: PuppetsCooking and Nutrition: Fruit and Vegetables
Year 2Structures: Baby Bear's Chair Mechanisms: Fairground wheelMechanisms: Making a moving monster
Year 3Cooking & Nutrition: Eating SeasonallyDigital World: Wearable TechnologyStructures: Constructing a castle
Year 4Structures: PavilionsMechanical systems: Making a slingshot carElectrical systems: torches
Year 5DoodlersMechanical systems: Making a pop-up bookCooking & Nutrition: What could be healthier?
Year 6Textiles: WaistcoatsStructure: PlaygroundsElectrical Systems: Hand Held Games

Progression across the curriculum

During a child's journey at Priors Hall, we aim for children to have the opportunity to develop their designing and creating skills and knowledge using a range of different mediums. To see our progression document, please use the following link:

Design and Technology Progression Document

Useful Links

Key resources to support children learning design and technology:

Our design and technology co-ordinator is Mrs McNab. If you would like more information about our design ad technology curriculum, please contact Mrs McNab on